Orlando nightclub shooting

Orlando nightclub shooting
Part of Islamic terrorism in the United States
A street-level view of a small white structure with a blue roof, black awnings, and empty parking lot
The Pulse nightclub in 2006
Orlando is located in Florida
Orlando (Florida)
LocationPulse Nightclub
1912 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates28°31′10.5″N 81°22′36.5″W / 28.519583°N 81.376806°W / 28.519583; -81.376806Coordinates: 28°31′10.5″N 81°22′36.5″W / 28.519583°N 81.376806°W / 28.519583; -81.376806
DateJune 12, 2016 (2016-06-12)
2:02 a.m. – 5:14 a.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)
TargetPatrons of Pulse nightclub
Attack type
Mass shooting, mass murder, hostage-taking
Deaths50 (including the perpetrator)
Injured58 (53 by gunfire)[1]
PerpetratorOmar Mateen
VerdictPerpetrator's wife found not guilty on both charges
ChargesPerpetrator's wife charged with aiding and abetting the commission of a terrorist act and obstruction of justice

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old man, killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. Orlando Police officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff.

In a 9-1-1 call made shortly after the shooting began, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said the U.S. killing of Abu Waheeb in Iraq the previous month "triggered" the shooting.[2] He later told a negotiator he was "out here right now" because of the American-led interventions in Iraq and in Syria and that the negotiator should tell the United States to stop the bombing. The incident was deemed a terrorist attack by FBI investigators.

Pulse was hosting a "Latin Night", and most of the victims were Latino. It is the deadliest incident in the history of violence against LGBT people in the United States, and was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history until the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.

  1. ^ "Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub". December 17, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2020 – via www.policefoundation.org.
  2. ^ Fitzsimons, Tim. "What really happened that night at Pulse". NBC News. NBC Universal. Retrieved June 12, 2021.

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