Eyes are glued to news and the entire world suddenly is engrossed in the aftermath of what the media calls the worst shooting in American history. Before getting to the meat of the matter, it’s worth noting that the media is wrong on one point. Though what has occurred in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub is horrific, it’s not the ‘worst in history.’ In the year 1890, the United States government shot and killed nearly 300 Native Americans. But that’s for another day.
This day has headlines ravaged in blood.. The digital universe is also responding.
The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Florida is a location known to be friendly to the LGBT community–though it’s welcoming to all.
Last night as music pulsed through the crowd, Omar Mateen–we are told–opened fire on the crowd. He killed at least 50. Injured another 50.. It was as Ramadan began.
This is what is known so far–or at least what the media has told us..
‘He got angry when he saw two men kissing’: Father of New York-born shooter Omar Mateen, 29, says son responsible for worst mass shooting in US history was homophobic
- Suspected Islamic extremist opened fire inside Pulse gay club in Orlando in the early hours of this morning
- Law enforcement sources have identified the shooter as US citizen Omar Mateen, from Port St. Lucie in Florida
- He killed at least 50 people and injured 53 and took party-goers hostage before being killed by police
- Shooter, 29, was carrying a suspicious device, possibly a suicide vest, when he began shooting in the nightclub
- Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman and rescue around 30 people who had been taken hostage
- Police engaged in gunfire with the man and an officer was shot in the head, but he was saved by his helmet
- FBI says gunman may have ‘leanings to radical Islamic terrorism’ and it is being investigated as ‘an act of terrorism’
- Took place four miles from where The Voice singer Christina Grimmie, 22, was shot dead at The Plaza Live on Friday
More information ..
- ‘WEARING A SUICIDE VEST’…
- OPENED FIRE ON THE DANCE FLOOR…
- ‘BLOOD EVERYWHERE’…
- MUSIC STOPPED…
- VIDEO: SHOT AFTER SHOT AFTER SHOT…
- HOSPITALS ON LOCKDOWN…
- TERRORISM HITS FLORIDA…
- Terror attack at Orlando gay club leaves about 20 people dead
- Orlando police: ‘Approximately 20 dead’ after club rampage
- :Updates: Mass shooting at Pulse nightclub
- ‘I saw bodies going down’
- Orlando Pulse Club shooting: Live updates after 20 are killed when gunman storms gay nightclub and opens fire
We will learn more as the day develops.. maybe we will find out how someone with an assault rifle strapped to his body can get into a nightclub..?
It’s a developing story.
And it’s tragic.. horrific.. and could be another ‘we will never be the same’ moment for the United States.