A gunman who we now know as Omar Mateen of Port St. Luice, Florida walked into Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando with a handgun and an assault rifle around 2am last night, and just started shooting everything in his path, killing approximately 50 and injuring at least 53.
Early reports from Orlando Police Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department are putting together bit of information as you read this and so far, here's what they have....
+ The gunman exchanged fired with the doorman who was an off-duty cop at around 2am. The gunman then entered the club and began firing, holding those he didn't kill hostage.
+ At 5am, a SWAT team decided to storm the club Mateen was using to hold the survivors hostage.
+ According to the Orlando PD on the scene, approximately 30 hostages were saved -- some who were wounded, barricaded in the bathrooms, and communicating with cops on their phones.
+ Early reports from Mina stated that 20 people had been killed with 42 injured -- both of those numbers climbed as the investigation continued.
In NBC News obtained a statement from the shooters father, Mir Seddique -- the father insists this was not a religious act, but he also added he was furious over how he perceived gay people acted in public, in front of his family recently...
“We are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking, we are in shock like the whole country. This had nothing to do with religion. We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry. They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, ‘Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.’ And they we were in the men’s bathroom and men were kissing each other.’”
There are reports that the authorities are looking at this as a possibly terrorist attack, but pieces of the puzzle are still being gathered and put together.
You should be shocked, but don't be.
Gunman's father tells NBC News his son got angry a couple months ago when he saw men kissing at Bayside in Miami pic.twitter.com/MSdCYcHuF9— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 12, 2016
Snapchat video: Multiple gunshots heard at #Pulse nightclub in #Orlando. Details coming: https://t.co/o7XrMw10mx pic.twitter.com/JltzSCShLS — WESH 2 News (@WESH) June 12, 2016