The Orlando Florida killer's father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News on Sunday that he was "in shock," but that his son had recently expressed anti-gay sentiments. He said the attack "had nothing to do with religion.
"Police Chief John Mina said the tragedy began at 2:02 a.m., when three police officers engaged the suspect in a gun battle outside the club. A hostage situation then took place inside, and a SWAT team was called in, Mina said.The FBI has said the gunman was “organised and well-prepared”.
Pulse Nightclub Orlando.Police received updates from patrons trapped in the club, and decided to storm the club at about 5 a.m.June is Gay Pride month across the nation, and Orlando recently wrapped up its annual week-long Gay Days festival. Up to 150,000 in the LGBT community attended area theme parks, gay nightclubs and special events. It remains one of the largest gay pride events in the world.Saturday night into Sunday the club was celebrating Latin Night. Club patron Christopher Hansen told CNN he heard what could have been 20 or 30 shots, setting off a panic as people scrambled for cover or raced for the exits.
He said he helped a couple people who were wounded."It's just shocking," said Hansen, who crawled to safety. "I just saw bodies going down."
The terrible Orlando Pulse shooting came just one day after The Voice star Christina Grimmie was shot and killed after a concert Friday night at the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando. That gunman, identified as Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, Fla., fatally shot himself after the attack.