Watch live: Derek Chauvin trial, Day 5. When the world awoke two years ago to the news that a gunman had killed 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, one immediate question was: Why that place? During the attack, gunman Omar Mateen called and pledged allegiance to the leader of the virulently anti-gay Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a group that releases propaganda videos of gay men being thrown off buildings. The reason he chose Pulse seemed obvious: he hated gay people. Four days after the attack, on June 16, , President Barack Obama visited survivors in Orlando and delivered a statement. In their closing statement, government prosecutors admitted that there was no evidence to suggest that Mateen knew that Pulse was a gay club.
Attack on Florida gay nightclub worst mass shooting in U.S. history
Omar Mateen - Wikipedia
Police killed the gunman, who was identified as Omar Mateen, 29, a New York-born Florida resident and US citizen who was the son of immigrants from Afghanistan and had twice been questioned by FBI agents in recent years, authorities said. Mateen's former wife described him as emotionally and mentally disturbed with a violent temper, yet who aspired to be a police officer. He also worked as an armed guard for the security firm G4S, the world's largest, according to the company. Law enforcement officials were probing evidence suggesting the attack was inspired by IS militants, although they said there was no proof that Mateen had worked directly with the group.
Florida nightclub shooting: 50 dead after 'terror attack' at Orlando LGBT club Pulse
A gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 49 people and injuring dozens before being shot dead by police. What do we know about what happened? Pulse, which is one of the biggest nightclubs in Orlando, was holding a Latin-themed event that was nearing its end when a man opened fire. There were more than people inside at the time. At , the nightclub posted on its Facebook page : "Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.
Jump to navigation. In the wake of the terrorist attack on a gay Orlando nightclub, St. Petersburg, Fla.