Monday, 13 June 2016

Mass shooting in Orlando, Florida

The basics as reported by mainstream media is all that I care to cover right now.

Already stuff is already appearing on Facebook on false flags, most of it nonsense.

There will, like with any of these mass attacks be many questions to be asked.

I intend to wait until the dust settles a little.

'I heard 20, 40, 50 shots'

Florida shootings - Witnesses to the mass killing at the Pulse nightclub in Florida have described people running and screaming like 'a scene from a horror movie'.

13 June, 2016

Fifty people are known to have died in the shooting at the gay nightclub, and officials have named Omar Mateen as the suspect, who was killed by police during a shootout

There were about 320 people inside the club during the shooting, according to the Orlando Sentinel, and Christopher Hanson was one of them.

"It's like you're at a gun range, all you hear is just boom bang bang," he said.

"All you saw is people running and screaming and there were bodies in the parking lot where bodies were being tagged, it was like a scene from a horror movie," Mr Hansen told CNN.

And Jon Alamo said he saw a man holding a weapon walk into the room he was in.

"I heard 20, 40, 50 shots.

"The music stopped," he said.

The gunman opened fire in the nightclub at 2am (local time) and shot dozens of people with an AR 15 assault rifle and a hand gun, killing 50, and injuring scores of others.

Police said an officer working as a security guard inside the club exchanged fire with the suspect, and a hostage situation developed.

SWAT teams then used armoured cars to storm the club, before engaging in a gunbattle and shooting the man dead.

The suspect, who reportedly worked as a security guard and had weapons training, was a self-radicalised lone wolf terrorist.

US media have published a picture of the suspect, Omar Mateen.
US media have published a picture of the suspect, Omar Mateen. Photo: CBS News

A trauma surgeon at the Orlando Regional Medical Center, said some of the 53 people wounded in last night's nightclub shooting are in a "dire" condition and the death toll may rise.

The Surgeon, Michael Cheatham, said many of the gunshot wounds were severe, with people shot in the trunk, and abdomen.

The hospital called in six trauma surgeons as bloody patients began pouring into its emergency department.

Local residents have lined up around the block as blood banks called for donations.

Families waiting

Relatives have been gathering at local hospitals desperate for news of their loved ones.

Many had received calls and texts from loved ones inside the club as the siege began, and some have heard nothing since.

Orlando police have begun to name the victims: They are Edward Sotomayor Jr; Stanley Almodovar III; Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo; Juan Ramon Guerrero; Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera; Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz. Orlando's mayor has asked for patience while the rest are identified and families are notified

A man places a hand print on a makeshift memorial in a parking lot near the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.
A man places a hand print on a makeshift memorial in a parking lot near the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Photo: AFP
Supported by a friend, a man weeps for victims of the mass shooting just a block from the scene in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
Supported by a friend, a man weeps for victims of the mass shooting. Photo: AFP

Worst ever mass shooting in the US

It is the worst mass shooting in recent US history. Florida governor Rick Scott said it was "clearly an act of terror".

Officials said the killings were likely to be ideologically-motivated, though there was no information that the gunman was associated with a particular group.
However, US Congressman Alan Grayson said it was "no coincidence" the attack happened in a gay club.

"It may be we've seen the commission of an awful hate crime," he dded.

Worst US mass shootings in last 25 years

  • At least 50 dead, 2016 - Omar Mateen opens fire on revellers at gay club in Orlando, Florida
  • 32 dead, 2007 - Student Seung-Hui Cho massacres students at Virginia Tech university before killing himself
  • 27 dead, 2012 - Adam Lanza kills 20 six- and seven-year-old children and six adults before killing himself at Sandy Hook, Connecticut
  • 23 dead, 1991 - George Hennard drives through the wall of a cafe in Killeen, Texas, before opening fire and committing suicide
  • 14 dead, 2015 - Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik open fire at a staff gathering in San Bernardino
  • 13 dead, 2009 - Maj Nidal Malik Hasan opens fire at army base in Fort Hood, Texas
  • 13 dead, 2009 - Jiverly Wong shoots people at New York immigrant centre before killing himself
  • 13 dead, 1999 - Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
 A Bomb Disposal Unit checks for explosives around the apartment building where shooting suspect Omar Mateen is believed to have lived on June 12, 2016 in Fort Pierce, Florida.
A Bomb Disposal Unit checks for explosives around the apartment building where shooting suspect Omar Mateen is believed to have lived. Photo: AFP
Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub. Photo: AFP

The death toll given by Mayor Dyer means that the Orlando attack surpasses the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech which left 32 people dead.

"Today we're dealing with something that we never imagined and is unimaginable," he said, adding that there was "an enormous amount of havoc" and "blood everywhere".

"Because of the scale of the crime I've asked the [Florida] governor to declare a state of emergency," he said.

"We're also issuing a state of emergency for the city of Orlando so that we can bring additional resources to bear to deal with the aftermath."

According to the Mass Shooting Tracker, the US last year suffered 372 mass shootings, defined as a single incident that kills or injures four or more people. Some 475 people were killed and 1,870 wounded.

Security has also been boosted for the last day of the Capital Pride LGBT festival in Washington DC, which will include a moment of silence for the Orlando victims at 13:00 local time.

Participants show their support for victims of the Orlando shooting during the 2016 Gay Pride Parade on June 12, 20116 in Los Angeles, California. Security for the tightened in the aftermath of the deadly shootings June 12 at the Pulse, a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Participants show their support for victims of the Orlando shooting during the 2016 Gay Pride Parade. Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP

How it unfolded

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the attack began at 2am local time. There was an exchange of fire with a police officer working at the club, but it is unclear whether that was inside or outside the venue.

After this a "hostage situation" unfolded, he said.

Chief Mina said a decision was taken at 5am to send a police assault team into the club after receiving texts and phone calls from some of the hostages.

"Our Swat officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, the suspect is dead," he said.

"He appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle and a handgun, and had some type of device on him."

A bomb squad robot has been searching the scene for possible booby traps.

Florida police chief John Mina(R) speaking at a press conference following a mass shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando as mayor Buddy Dyer looks on.
Florida police chief John Mina (right) speaking at a press conference as mayor Buddy Dyer looks on.Photo: AFP
Mateen's father Mir Seddique told NBC News that the incident had nothing to do with religion, but may have been triggered by the sight of a gay couple kissing in Miami.

It is believed that the suspect, who was a US citizen from the Florida town of Port St Lucie and was of Afghan descent, was not on a terrorism watch-list, although he was being investigated for an unrelated criminal act.

The latest incident came as Orlando was still reeling from the fatal shooting on Friday night of 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie following a concert in the city.

- BBC / RNZ / Reuters

From RT

ISIS-inspired citizen known to FBI: Facts behind deadliest US mass shooting in Orlando


13 June, 2016

The Orlando nightclub gunman, 29-year-old US citizen Omar Mateen, who voiced his allegiance to Islamic State, was able to legally purchase an entire arsenal of guns and perpetrate the massacre despite several FBI interrogations over alleged links to terror suspects.

ISIS-inspired attack

Following the deadly shooting spree in Orlando, Florida, local FBI chief Ron Hopper acknowledged that New York-born US citizen Mateen had professed his Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) allegiance during a 911 call he made from the nightclub at the time of the attack.

The IS propaganda machine was also quick to claim responsibility for the mass shooting by distributing a message via Amaq News that the atrocity was “carried out by an Islamic State fighter.”

massacre: ' capitalizing on lone-wolf attacks inspired by terror propaganda' (Op-Ed)

However, the IS claim may be nothing more than a propaganda move to capitalize on a massacre perpetrated by a lone-wolf attacker who could have had no direct links to the terror group, security experts told RT.

The suspect’s former wife described him as abusive and emotionally and mentally unstable, and said that her family had to“rescue” her from her ex-husband during their divorce. Meanwhile his former coworker noted that Omar Mateen frequently“talked about killing people” and made racist and homophobic comments, but the company refused to act because it did not want to be accused of Islamophobia.

Gunman long known to FBI

While confirming that Mateen had not been under active investigation at the time of the deadly Sunday assault, Hopper revealed that the 29-year old, who was brought up by a family of first-generation Afghan immigrants, had been on the FBI’s radar for years.

In 2014, Mateen was interviewed by FBI agents over his alleged contacts with Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, likely the first ISIS-inspired American suicide bomber in Syria. Mateen had allegedly visited the same Mosque as Abu-Salha, but the federal agents determined that the 29-year-old’s contact with the jihadist was “minimal.” The case was then closed, Hopper said.

A year earlier, the FBI interviewed Mateen twice about “inflammatory comments” the suspect allegedly made to a co-worker about possible ties to international terrorism. Unable to “verify” the comments, the FBI was forced to close the case, Hopper said, adding that in both cases the gunman cooperated with investigators.

Guns purchased legally

Because the suspect had been cleared after being interviewed by the FBI, it allowed him to legally obtain a Glock handgun and an AR-15 rifle. Following the deadly shooting a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said that Mateen purchased the guns he used in the assault in Florida within the “last few days.'”

The attacker had worked for the world's largest security services firm G4S since 2007 and carried a gun as part of his duties, the company said, adding that the company has been trying to ascertain whether any guns used in the attack were related to Mateen's work

URGENT: shooter legally purchased firearms last week, ATF confirms
Florida law requires a mandatory three-day waiting period for handgun purchases, but no permit, registration or licensing is needed to buy or own rifles, shotguns or handguns. Condemning the horrific attack, US President Barack Obama said that the tragedy is a reminder “of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on” a weapon.

Deadliest mass shooting in US history

With at least 50 killed and 53 injured, the Orlando massacre has become “the most deadly shooting in American history,”according to Obama. The US president called the shooting an “act of terror and an act of hate,” conducted by an individual“filled with hatred.”

The second deadliest US shooting spree was the Virginia Tech assault of April 2007. An outburst of gunfire at a Virginia Tech dormitory followed two hours later by a string of attacks at a classroom building, killed 32 students, faculty and staff and left 17 others injured.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre closes the top three deadliest US shooting rampages. A total of 26 people, including 20 schoolchildren, were killed at the school on December 14, 2012. The shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, also killed his mother at their home.

Tragedy immediately politicized, reignites gun-control debate

As world leaders, from Washington to Moscow and Vatican, expressed their deepest condolences over the tragic loss of life, US politicians rushed to capitalize on the tragedy for their political aims.

Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump initially took to Twitter to say he was “right” about the danger of radical Islam in America: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen - and it is only going to get worse," Trump said in a longer statement released on Sunday afternoon. “I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack.”

We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore,” added Trump, once again slamming Obama who “disgracefully refused to even say the words Radical Islam.”

Trump’s opponent, Clinton called the shooting “an act of terror” that calls for more efforts to combat terrorism and introducing stricter gun controls.

For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home,” Clinton said in a statement on Sunday.

Responding to Trump’s attack, Clinton's communication director Jennifer Palmieri wrote that, the Republic has offered “no real plans to keep our nation safe and no outreach to the Americans targeted, just insults and attacks.”

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stayed out of the political bickering, just saying “our ... hopes go out to all those who were shot that they can recover.”

Twenty-five years ago, I believed that in this country that we should not be selling automatic weapons which are designed to kill people,” Sanders said on NBC's “Meet the Press” early Sunday. “We have got to do everything that we can on top of that to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of those who should not have them: criminals, people who are mentally ill. So that struggle continues.”

For his part, the Libertarian party’s presidential nominee Gary Johnson called the Orlando shooting “both cowardly and infuriating” as he warned against politicizing the slaughter: “We must allow the authorities to do their jobs, understand how this attack came about, and then respond accordingly. It is not a time to either politicize or jump to conclusions.”

1 comment:

  1. Like all the other mass shootings (and the Boston bombers) the perpetrators had links to the FBI.

    Take a look at

    Keep up the good work, Robin.