Monday, June 13, 2016

What we know about the worst mass shooting in US history; morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Early Sunday morning, a man armed with an AR-15-style rifle and a 9mm handgun opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 and injuring at least 50 more.

Spokane joined cities across the nation in mourning what is the most deadly mass shooting in US history. Only two other attacks worldwide have seen more more deaths: a 2011 attack in Norway and a series of shootings in South Korea in 1982.

Today, details about the victims begin to trickle out.

The shooter reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, though it is unclear if ISIS coordinated the attack or if the shooter, Omar Mateen, acted independently. Mateen was the subject of two separate terrorism-related investigations in 2013 and 2014. Both FBI investigations concluded that he "did not constitute a substantive threat at that time.

According to police, Mateen was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun, both of which were purchased legally within the past week

At least one Orlando police officer was hit by gunfire, but survived.

(Follow the Orlando Police on Twitter for updates throughout the day)

Mateen's ex-wife told reporters that he physically abused her during their four-month marriage. She also called him mentally and emotionally unstable and "disturbed."

The response from politicians, activists and media has been mixed. Donald Trump repeated his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country, and demanded President Obama resign if he did not mention "radical Islamic terrorism" in his own response.

Marco Rubio emphasized the threat of Islamic terrorism and the cover of today's New York Post read: "Islamic Terrorist Kills 50 ... ISIS vs. U.S." (again, authorities have not yet been able to directly connect the shooter to ISIS.)

For her part, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said she is not afraid to say "radical" Islam.

"This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school or a house of worship or a movie theater or a nightclub," President Obama said Sunday. "And we have to decide if that's the kind of country we want to be. And to do nothing is a decision as well." 

Obama's full statement and other morning headlines are below: 


• Microsoft announced its intent to buy the social media site LinkedIn for upward of $26 billion.

• Hip-hop musical Hamilton wins 11 Tony Awards.

• The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup.

Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy in the face of a $140 million judgement for posting a sex tape of Hulk Hogan.

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Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.