His level of preparation indicates an intention to demonstrate his profound devotion to Allah during Ramadan.
“Omar Mateen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know,” by Tom Cleary, Heavy, June 12, 2016:
Omar Mateen has been named as the gunman involved in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, CBS News reports.
Police said at least 20 people were killed and about 40 more were wounded in the attack early Sunday morning.
Mateen is a U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida, according to CBS News.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Gunman Exchanged Fire With a Police Officer Outside the Club Before Going Inside & Taking Hostages
The gunman, Omar Mateen, was engaged in a shootout with police outside the night club at about 2 a.m., police said at a press conference. Mateen then entered the night club and took hostages.
He was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and a “suspicious device,” authorities said.
2. He Was Killed by a SWAT Team After Police Decided to Rescue the 30 Hostages
Mateen died at the scene after he was shot by police. He had barricaded himself in the nightclub after opening fire. Witnesses reported that some of their friends were hiding in dressing rooms and bathrooms, trying to stay safe.
A video from the scene appears to show the moment the SWAT team engaged in a final gun battle with the suspect:
3. The FBI Has Said He May Have Leanings Toward Radical Islamic Ideology
FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Ron Hopper said at a press conference that there are “some suggestions” the gunman “may have leanings” toward Jihadist ideology.
No Islamic terror groups, including ISIS, have taken credit for the attack.
4. The Gunman Was Organized & Well-Prepared
The FBI says the gunman was “organized and well-prepared.”
Police have not released further details about the plot or whether anyone else was involved….