ISIS Takes Credit for Orlando Shooting
The so-called Islamic State has taken credit for a shooting carried out by an American in Orlando at Pulse nightclub.
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) June 12, 2016
“The attack that targeted a nightclub for homosexuals in Orlando, Florida and that left more than 100 dead and wounded was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,” they tweeted.
However, this likely not true. The gunman called 911 to pledge allegiance to the group, but he also showed solidarity with other terrorists and groups who are the so-called Islamic State’s enemy.
From the Hill:
Speaking to reporters on the scene shortly before 3 p.m., Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) said ISIS had accepted responsibility for the shooting. But he said it had not been confirmed by the FBI.
“In this case, if we’re getting those kind of statements from the news agency of the Islamic State, we’ll have to see what those connections are.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) also referenced the United States’s ongoing fight against terrorism but said the FBI would have more information about possible connections to terrorism.
Fifty people were killed and 53 others were injured early Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Federal law enforcement officials say the gunman was Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American citizen living in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was killed at the scene in a shootout with police.
He was reportedly armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a handgun.
News networks reported Mateen phoned 911 moments before the shooting to pledge allegiance to ISIS.
It remains unclear if the planning and execution of the attack were directly linked to foreign terrorist groups.
President Obama Sunday called the shooting an “act of terror” but didn’t place blame on the terror group.