After the awful news that 50 people were killed and 53 hospitalized in a brutal nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida on June 12, the White House has released their own statement. They’re offering their deepest sympathies to the families of the victims. Read the full statement here.
It’s just a terrible chain of events in Orlando, Florida right now. First we had the Christina Grimmie tragedy, now 50 people have been killed and 53 injured in what is being suspected as a possible terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in the early hours of June 12. President Obama and the White House has released their own heartfelt statement after the horrific incident. This is just so sad!
The statement reads, “The President was briefed this morning by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims. The President asked to receive regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community.”
Police in Florida are already investigating this as an act of terrorism. “It’s appears [the gunman] was organized and well-prepared,” Chief Mina said during a press conference on the morning of June 12, in the hours following the shooting. He went on to say that the shooter, who at this time remains unidentified, possessed an assault-style weapon, a handgun, and “some type of (other) device on him.” Along with the Orlando PD, the FBI is now joining the investigation into the shooting to determine whether or not the gay nightclub massacre was an act of terrorism — homophobic, Islamic, or something unrelated.
A shootout between the gunman and an officer began outside the club around 2:00am ET, according to Chief Mina. The shooter then ran inside the club and held those inside hostage, and began shooting. A team of Orlando police officers rushed to the scene and rammed the doors down, helping 30 people to safety. At that point, police shot and killed the gunman.
Our dearest thoughts and sympathies go to the families and loved ones lost so senselessly in this cruel act. It’s been a horrendous few days in Florida.
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