Orlando nightclub shooter ID’d as US citizen Omar Mateen from Florida – report

Orlando nightclub shooter

The suspect behind the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, which left dozens dead and injured, has been identified as 29-year-old US citizen Omar Mateen, born to Afghan parents, US media reported. The CBS network added that the FBI is currently checking whether he was linked to extremists.

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A correspondent from the WFTV channel said Mateen was 27 years old and was from Port St. Lucie in Florida, nearly 150km from Orlando. CBS news reported, citing law enforcement, that Mateen was 29.

According to reports on social media, he was born to Afghan parents.

Photos, allegedly of Mateen, have been circulating on social media since US media named him as the possible suspect behind the slaughter.

The suspect was killed by a SWAT team, police earlier confirmed in a press conference.

 

He was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, officials said.

An FBI official who was also present at the conference said: “At this time we’re looking at all angles right now.” He was asked if the shooter might have possible connections with extremists.

“We do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings towards that particular ideology [extremism]. But right now we can’t say definitively so we’re still running everything around,” he added.

Orlando Chief of Police John Mina said that “approximately” 20 people were killed and at least 42 people have been taken to a local hospital. He added that the shooter was wearing some “type of device.”

Earlier reports suggested the gunman was wearing a bomb.

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