The gunman was identified as being Omar S. Mateen. According to a senior FBI official, the attacker is suspected to have had connections with Islamic State militants. But currently further investigations regarding this are still required. The death toll given by police and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer show that this was one of the deadliest single shooting attacks in US history.
Family members and friends of the victims embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club. The Orlando Mayor made the following declarations: “Today we’re dealing with something that we never imagined and is unimaginable.. It is with great sadness I share that we not have 20 but 50 casualties, in addition to the shooter. There are another 53 hospitalized”.