The worst mass shooting in the U.S. took place early this morning in Orlando, Florida.
At around 2 a.m. at a “gay” club called Pulse with about 320 people inside, a gunman carrying an assault-style weapon, a handgun and what police called “some type of other device,” first exchanged shots with an officer working at the club before he went inside and opened fire, killing 50 and wounding another 53.
When the police arrived, the gunman held the remaining people hostage for 3 hours before a SWAT Team busted into the club, exchanged shots with and killed the shooter.
- His name is Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, 29.
- Born in the U.S., Mateen is a U.S. citizen, the son of Afghan immigrants.
- Mateen had a Florida security officer license. He had been employed since 2007 at private security company G4S that
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