Terrorist: 2016 Orlando Nightclub Shooting
|born on||12 June 2016 at 02:02 (= 02:02 AM )|
|Place||Orlando, Florida, 28n32, 81w23|
|Timezone||EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||21°42' 20°43 Asc. 00°10'|
American mass shooting which occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub. At least 50 people, including the gunman, were killed and 53 others were wounded. The shooter, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen (b. 16 November 1986, New York, New York, USA), a 29-year-old Muslim American of Afghani descent, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) immediately before the attack, which has been labelled an act of domestic terrorism.
The attack is the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in United States history, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since 11 September 2001.
At 2:02 a.m. EDT, shots were heard and an Orlando Police Department (OPD) officer stationed at the nightclub engaged the gunman and returned fire. Pulse posted on its Facebook page at 2:09 a.m. EDT, "Everyone get out of pulse and keep running." The gunman was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun, and a "device" that officials believed was another threat. After additional officers engaged the suspect, the gunman retreated into the nightclub and began to take patrons hostage.
At about 2:22 a.m. Mateen called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a Salafi jihadist militant terrorist organization that follows an Islamic fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam.
Dozens of first responders—including OPD officers, Orange County sheriff's deputies, and FBI agents, as well as paramedics and firefighters from three fire departments—reported to the scene. A crisis negotiator was present, as the gunman was holed up inside and holding hostages. The shooter claimed to have an explosive device. Police said that a bomb squad had set off a controlled explosion.
Around 5:00 a.m. EDT, SWAT officers entered the nightclub and opened fire. At 5:53 a.m. the Twitter account of Orlando Police Department posted that the shooter was dead. Thirty hostages had been freed, and one officer had received a non-lethal shot to his head and was hospitalized with eye injuries.
At least 49 civilians and the gunman were killed. 52 civilians and a police officer were injured in the shooting; many of them were in critical condition and underwent surgery in local hospitals.
At 12:03 p.m. Florida Governor Rick Scott posted on Twitter: "This is an attack on our people. An attack on Orlando. An attack on Florida. An attack on America. An attack on all of us." He declared a state of emergency in Orange County.
- compare to chart of Mateen, Omar (born 16 November 1986)
- compare to chart of Shooting Spree: Virginia Tech (born 16 April 2007). Notes: Previously the most deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in U.S. history
- compare to chart of Terrorist: 2017 Las Vegas Strip mass shooting (born 1 October 2017)
- compare to chart of Terrorist: 2022 Oslo shooting (born 25 June 2022). Notes: Anti-LGBT attacks
- compare to chart of Terrorist: WTC (2001) (born 11 September 2001)
Sy Scholfield quotes news report: "Timeline of Orlando nightclub shooting" by Chandrika Narayan, CNN, 12 June 2016 .
- Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history)
- Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. after 11 September 2001)
- Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in United States history)
- Mundane : Political : Terrorist attacks