The latest information on the Orlando shooting

| June 14, 2016

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ORLANDO – The Associated Press has issued the following information, which represents the latest information concerning Sunday’s attack at an Orlando night club which killed 49 people, the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

  • The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday to pay respects to the victims of Sunday’s nightclub shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community.
  • The security company that employed the Orlando nightclub gunman says it has no record of a co-worker’s complaints that the shooter was angry, profane and threatened violence.
  • Thousands of people gathered Monday evening in downtown Orlando for a vigil to support the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
  • A regular at the club that became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history say they saw the gunman there drinking on several occasions before the massacre.
  • Target stores across the U.S. are going silent Tuesday to honor two employees, one who worked at the retailer and another who worked at a Starbucks inside the store.
  • The United Nations Security Council is condemning “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend that left 49 people dead.
  • The U.S. is calling on all 193 members of the United Nations to not only condemn the terrorism that resulted in the mass killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida over the weekend, but also to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from such attacks.
  • JetBlue Airways says it is providing free seats when available on flights to and from Orlando, Florida, for immediate family and domestic partners of people who were killed or injured in the weekend shooting at an Orlando nightclub.
  • Three members of Congress are downplaying their encounters with the father of the gunman at the Orlando gay nightclub, calling the meetings short and insignificant. Three separate, grainy photos posted on Facebook by Seddique Mir Mateen show him standing next to Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.
  • The owner of a gun store where the Orlando nightclub shooter bought his weapons says the gunman passed a full background check and that if he hadn’t bought the guns from him, he would’ve purchased them somewhere else.
  • Mexico’s president says three people killed in the Orlando nightclub attack were citizens of his country, and a fourth was wounded but is in stable condition.
  • The head of the FBI and the Homeland Security secretary will brief members of the House on Tuesday about the deadly shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.
  • The FBI’s director says the agency is trying to determine whether the Orlando nightclub shooter had recently scouted Walt Disney World and other locations as potential targets.
  • The FBI says the gunman who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando called the Boston Marathon bombers his “homeboys.”
  • OneBlood officials continue to urge people to donate blood in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre. Potential donors are asked to make appointments at their local blood banks.
  • FBI Director James Comey says the Orlando nightclub shooter espoused support for a jumble of often-conflicting Islamic organizations. Comey says in the past few years, the gunman also expressed support for both al-Qaida and its enemy Hezbollah.
  • Hospital officials say they are “very optimistic” that the nightclub shooting victims being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center will recover.
  • Two men have been detained outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Russia passed a controversial law in 2013, banning the so-called propaganda of gay relationships among minors, which authorities have used to ban any public displays of support for the gay community.
  • Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says Orlando shooter Omar Mateen visited the kingdom twice to perform an Islamic pilgrimage.
  • President Barack Obama says there’s no clear evidence that the shooter at an Orlando nightclub was directed to conduct his attack or part of a larger plot.
  • The father of the Orlando nightclub shooter is calling his son’s massacre “the act of a terrorist.”
  • A former Florida police officer who says he once worked with Orlando club shooter Omar Mateen described the 29-year-old as “unstable and unhinged.”
  • Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says one victim of the Orlando nightclub attack worked on the Harry Potter Ride at the Universal Studios theme park.
  • The Islamic State’s radio has called the Orlando mass shooter “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.


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