(SL) – Omar Mir Seddique Mateen has been named as the gunman who killed as many as 50 people, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Some say that toll could rise considering that some of the 53 injured are critical.
He was later killed by police after taking hostages at the LGBT club. According to reports, Mateen, 29, is a U.S. citizen of Afghani descent from Port St. Lucie, Florida. Allegedly, he has ties to radical Islamic ideology, Police have not yet said why Mateen attacked the Pulse club. However, his father told MSNBC that the shooting was not about his son’s religion, but that his son became very angry after seeing two men kissing in Miami months ago. He said “we are apologizing for the whole incident.”
Authorities confirmed Mateen was engaged in a shootout with police outside the night club at about 2 a.m. Mateen then entered the night club and took hostages. “The officer engaged in a gun battle with the suspect. The suspect at some point after going back inside the club fired more shots. Reportedly, Mateen was armed with an “assault-type” rifle, a handgun and a “suspicious device”.
Mateen died at the scene after he was shot by police at about 5 a.m.. He had barricaded himself in the nightclub after opening fire. Witnesses reported that some of their friends were hiding in dressing rooms and bathrooms, trying to stay safe.
Management at Pulse took to Facebook to warn people to stay away. Everyone is being asked to stay out of the area. The attack occurred during Latin Night at Pulse, the one of the largest gay clubs in Orlando. (Mateen Pics -MySpace)