The American-born man who gunned down 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 911, had pledged allegiance to ISIS – according to U.S. authorities . . .
The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat, the FBI said.
Mateen called 911 shortly before the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to a U.S. official. Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.
Mateen carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Friday and started shooting, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53, police said.
CNN reported that after a standoff of about three hours — while people trapped inside the club desperately called and messaged friends and relatives — police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and killed Mateen.
“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. Authorities say they haven’t found any accomplices.
ISIS Claims Responsibility For Orlando Gay Club Mass Shooting
The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency claimed on Sunday that the militant group was responsible for the mass shooting that killed 50 people in a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The Islamic State media outlet said the mass shooter of the Orlando nightclub attack was a member of the extremist organisation – ISIS.
“The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,” Amaq said.