CNN June 13. CNN Quote. New Zealand Herald June 13. Video will play in Play now Don't auto play Never auto play • US citizen Omar Mateen opened fire inside gay nightclub• At least 50 people killed and 53 injured in the attack• Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman• Mateen shot dead three hours after massacre began• He pledged his allegiance to Isis before the massacre• Barack Obama calls for gun control action• READ MORE: Orlando nightclub shooting - what we know so far The gunman who opened fire inside a crowded nightclub here early Sunday morning, launching a rampage that killed 50 people and injured 53 others in the deadliest shooting spree in the country's history, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State before the attack, according to US law enforcement officials.
New Zealand Herald Quote. Buzzfeed June 13. Buzzfeed Quote. Vox June 13. Just before last call on Sunday morning, a gunman opened fire in Orlando Florida’s Pulse nightclub, killing at least 49 people and seriously injuring another 53.
The incident received significant media coverage, and rightfully so: It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. What got much less coverage, though, were the 42 other reported shootings that happened yesterday. According to news reports collected by the Gun Violence Archive and Vox, these shootings resulted in an additional 18 deaths and 41 injuries. At least five of those killed were children. These shootings, albeit more granular, paint a tragic picture of just how common gun violence is in the United States — and how it claims thousands of lives annually, outside of mass shootings. Vox Quote. Washington Post June 20. People who knew Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen describe him as a man who had many demons and potentially led a double life.
(Erin Patrick O'Connor,Jayne Orenstein,Thomas LeGro/The Washington Post) A little more than a week after the shooting rampage at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, key details remain unknown about what exactly happened during the violent episode and the hostage standoff that followed. Even as investigators try to determine what may have motivated the attack that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured, they are still working to piece together exactly what happened during the three hours between the first gunshots and the moment police fatally shot the attacker. While some elements of the siege became sharper with new details that emerged Monday when the FBI released partial transcripts of police communications with the gunman, other parts remained hazy and uncertain.
Washington Post Quote. New York Times June 20. “We’re an all-American town, but we’re the new America,” he said.
“We have people from all backgrounds and walks of life.” That diversity includes gay men like Eric Rollings, 47, the chairman of the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District. He recalled moving to Orlando from Michigan in 1989 and finding a small, sleepy-town L.G.B.T. community still reeling from the AIDS epidemic. New York Times Quote. Wall Street Journal June 27. Wall Street Journal Quote. Orlando Sentinel June 28. Orlando Sentinel Quote. CBS News June 29. ORLANDO, Fla. - Police dispatchers heard repeated gunfire, screaming and moaning from patrons of the Pulse nightclub who called to report that gunman Omar Mateen was opening fire inside the club, according to written logs released Tuesday.
The logs provide the a new glimpse of the horror of the Orlando nightclub massacre from the perspective of those inside. Officials had previously only released transcripts of the 911 calls from Mateen. At the beginning, they refused to provide any details of the hundreds of 911 calls made by victims and witnesses during the Orlando shooting to a coalition of news organizations, citing confidentiality under Florida law, and arguing that an ongoing investigation kept the tapes secret.
It's not clear why they chose to release the written logs on Tuesday. The first call of "shots fired" came in at 2:02 a.m. and the caller reported "multiple people down. " CBS Quote. Stuff June 30. Stuff Quote.