A day after a gunman shot dead 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, police investigated the attacker’s ties to ISIS and Americans grieved over the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Sunday and started shooting.
In addition to the people killed, he wounded at least 53 others, police said.
During the attack, Mateen called 911 to pledge allegiance to the ISIS terror group and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to a U.S. official.
After a standoff of about three hours, while people trapped inside the club desperately called and messaged friends and relatives, police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and stun grenades. They killed Mateen after the rampage — the deadliest terror attack in the United States since 9/11
Omar Mateen Pledged Allegiance To ISIS, Official Says:
The 29-year-old, who died in a shootout with police, lived in Fort Pierce, Florida. Bomb squad teams, FBI agents and police combed his apartment there for hours on Sunday. Investigators haven’t revealed what they found.
They also haven’t said what led Mateen to attack the Pulse nightclub, which bills itself as “the hottest gay bar in Orlando.”
Why ‘Hamilton’ Became A Phenomenon:
It may be a historic weekend at the Tony Awards as “Hamilton” attempts to become the most award winning musical in Broadway history, but the show wasn’t always a phenomenon.
Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda first planted the seeds of the show at the White House’s poetry jam in 2009.
Before breaking into rhyme, Miranda explained to the audience, which included President Obama, that he was working on a concept album about someone who he thinks “embodies hip hop.”
“Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton,” he said to the audience, which couldn’t help but laugh.
Miranda then led into what would become the opening song of a musical that would transform American theater.