The man suspected of opening fire on a prominent Orlando gay club is named Omar Saddiqui Mateen, law enforcement sources told CBS News Sunday morning. NBC News confirmed his identity.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 12, 2016
Mateen was reportedly an American citizen born in 1986. He was from Port Saint Lucie, Florida, and his parents were from Afghanistan. He was killed by police when they stormed Pulse, where he was holding people hostage.
Pulse Shooting: The shooter inside the club is dead.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
FBI said they are looking into potential ties to Islamic extremist groups. Mateen had no prior criminal history, according to CBS News, but was known to police. Police recovered an AR-15 assault rifle from the scene.
Mateen reportedly worked as a professional security officer. According to TMZ, he had a concealed carry license and a state firearms license.
Though Mateen’s motives are still unclear, his father told NBC News in an interview that his son had grown angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami recently.
— Christina Lee (@NBCchristina) June 12, 2016
Mateen reportedly called 911 and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State before carrying out his attack.
BREAKING: Just before shooting, gunman called 911, swore his allegiance to the head of ISIS, law enforcement officials tell @PeteWilliamsNBC
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 12, 2016
At a press conference, a central Florida Islamic faith leader implored the press not to rush to judgment and sensationalize Mateen’s potential motives. “As a nation, we need to look at this issue of mass shootings because we have just had one too many today,” he said.
This is a breaking news post that will be updated with more information as it becomes available.