US police have now identified the gunman as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, an American citizen whose parents are from Afghanistan.
Mateen is the lone suspect in the early morning rampage at the Pulse nightclub. Authorities in Orlando said they were investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism. Mateen, they also said, was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and an unknown “device.”
He was killed after an hours-long standoff with police.
CBS News initially identified the suspect as Mateen, a US citizen with no apparent criminal record. ABC News reported he had been on police’s “radar”, though not subject to an investigation.
And according to The Washington Post, relatives helped officials identify Mateen as the shooter. He lived in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Mateen’s father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News his son had become angry a couple of months ago when he saw two men kissing in Miami, and he believed that could be related to the shooting.
He said the incident “has nothing to do with religion”.
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