By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., June 21 – The Florida nightclub killer called himself an “Islamic soldier” and threatened to strap hostages into explosive vests in calls with police during the three-hour siege, according to transcripts released by the FBI on Monday. From inside the gay Orlando nightclub, the gunman, Omar Mateen told police negotiators
By David Lawder and Roselle Chen WASHINGTON/ORLANDO, Fla., June 19 – U.S. officials will release transcripts of phone calls placed to emergency 911 dispatchers by a gunman during a shooting rampage a week ago that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Sunday. Omar Mateen, 29,
By Letitia Stein and Julia Edwards ORLANDO, Fla./WASHINGTON, June 15 – The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub knew of his plans for the attack and could soon be charged in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a law enforcement source said on Tuesday.
By Letitia Stein and Jarrett Renshaw ORLANDO, Fla., June 14 – Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen had expressed sympathy for a variety of Islamist extremists, including groups in the Middle East that are sworn enemies, the FBI said on Monday, as a picture began to emerge of the angry, violent man who carried out America’s
By Letitia Stein and Jarrett Renshaw ORLANDO, Fla., June 13 – U.S. law enforcement officials investigated on Monday whether anyone helped the gunman who massacred 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, but said they did not believe anyone connected to the shooting posed a current danger to the public. The FBI and other
By Jonathan Landay and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, June 12 – The Afghan-born father of Omar Mateen, the man police identified as the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday, is a fringe political commentator who rails against Pakistan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Seddique Mateen, who public records
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., June 12 (Reuters) – A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history which authorities described as a possible act of terrorism. Police killed the shooter, who was identified as Omar