Early Sunday morning, a man armed with an AR-15-style rifle and a 9mm handgun opened fire at Pulse
, a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 and injuring at least 50 more.
Spokane joined cities
across the nation in mourning what is the most deadly mass shooting in US history
. Only two other attacks worldwide
have seen more more deaths: a 2011 attack in Norway and a series of shootings in South Korea in 1982.
Today, details about the victims begin to trickle out
The shooter reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, though it is unclear if ISIS coordinated the attack or if the shooter, Omar Mateen, acted independently. Mateen was the subject of two separate terrorism-related investigations in 2013 and 2014
. Both FBI investigations concluded that he "did not constitute a substantive threat at that time.
According to police, Mateen was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun, both of which were purchased legally within the past week
At least one Orlando police officer was hit by gunfire, but survived.
(Follow the Orlando Police
on Twitter for updates throughout the day)
Mateen's ex-wife told reporters
that he physically abused her during their four-month marriage. She also called him mentally and emotionally unstable and "disturbed
The response from politicians, activists and media has been mixed
. Donald Trump repeated his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country, and demanded
President Obama resign if he did not mention "radical Islamic terrorism" in his own response.
Marco Rubio emphasized the threat of Islamic terrorism and the cover of today's New York Post
read: "Islamic Terrorist Kills 50 ... ISIS vs. U.S.
" (again, authorities have not yet been able to directly connect the shooter to ISIS.)
For her part, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said she is not afraid to say "radical" Islam.
"This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school or a house of worship or a movie theater or a nightclub," President Obama said Sunday
. "And we have to decide if that's the kind of country we want to be. And to do nothing is a decision as well."
Obama's full statement and other morning headlines are below:
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