Islamic State Attack In Orlando

Orlando, Florida—A Muslim “terrorist" killed 50 people last night and injured 53 more at Pulse, a homosexual nightclub in Orlando. It is being called the “deadliest mass shooting in US history,” and is likely the first direct attack and act of war upon the United States by the Islamic State. The allegedly traitorous U.S. citizen Omar Mateen, 29, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, opened fire in the club around 2:00 am Sunday morning and then took about 100 hostages. He also had an unidentified “device" according to Orlando Police Chief John Mina. Around 5:00 am police sent in their SWAT team to rescue the hostages. By 6:00 am the Police tweeted that “the shooter inside the club is dead.” Upon entering the club, police found 50 dead, including Mateen, and 53 injured.

US Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida, has said the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. Shoebat reported the Islamic State making threats specific to Florida, including names, three days before the shooting.

President Obama, in his news conference on Sunday, claimed to not know the motivation of the shooting. Instead he referred to the attack as “a sobering reminder that attacks on any American—regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.” However, many reports from the Islamic State, including their own videos, show ISIS killing homosexuals on a regular basis for their sexual behavior. NBC has reported that Mateen’s father was with him at Bayside Mall in downtown Miami, when “he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry.”

According to The Daily Beast, Mateen had been investigated in the past by the FBI. What is identified as a “senior law enforcement source” is reporting that Mateen became a person of interest to the Bureau in 2013 and 2014.

Update: According to The Washington Post, Mateen was investigated once for inflammatory comments in favor of Islamist groups, and another time for connections with another Florida man, Moner Abu Salha, who became a suicide bomber in Syria. The FBI concluded no wrongdoing, resulting in Mateen obtaining his concealed carry permit for his security job. 

Update: The Islamic State's news agency Amaq has stated according to The Daily Caller that "the armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Floriday which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter."


Mark Scheering

Mark is a Christian and husband from the Intermountain West. He has worked for many years as a talk show host, a columnist, and an editor for radio stations and magazines in the Utah market.