50 Dead, 53 Injured After Orlando Gay Club Shooting, Because That's What Happens Now
Orlando Police Chief John Mina confirms that the attack "turned into a hostage situation," and that at approximately 5 AM local time, SWAT officers killed the suspect, who "appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle and a handgun, and had some type of device on him," which is why the bomb squad was called in.
National networks and the Washington Post report that law enforcement has identified the suspect as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, an American citizen and Florida resident:
As we learned after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, networks never get that kind of thing wrong, but this time, it's law enforcement, so we will at least hope they got it right.
As it was happening, a member of the Pulse staff posted this on Facebook:
According to the Orlando Sentinel, investigators ARE calling this an act of terrorism, and we'd guess a gunman opening fire on a club full of people committing the crime enjoying themselves on a Saturday is probably the textbook definition of that. What we don't know for sure is whether the murderer was inspired by Islamic extremism, but the FBI mentioned it:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation. Agent Ron Hopper said they cannot rule this out as an act of domestic terrorism and that the suspect, who is not from Orlando, may have leanings toward extreme Islamic ideologies.
Regardless of whether it was an act of terrorism inspired by Islamic extremism, or whether it was the regular kind of domestic US of American gun terrorism, Fox News will assuredly let us know how to direct our rage as soon as the network has settled on a battle plan for covering the attack.
The rage will not be directed at guns, though. It is, and ever will be, too soon to discuss the easy availability of guns in the great US and A.
Donald Trump, the GOP's pick for president, tweeted the news, then quickly got back to bashing Hillary Clinton:
For her part, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton sent a personal, politics-free tweet:
The White House, of course, has been briefed, and released a statement echoing similar sentiments.
As for us, we send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of all who were victims of this latest senseless atrocity, and we shake our heads that this has happened. Again.
Update: EqualityFlorida has set up a GoFundMe account to help the victims.