Published on : Monday, June 13, 2016
On Sunday 12th June, man with an assault rifle and a pistol stormed inside Florida’s Pulse Club and conducted a mass shoot out. Omar Mateen, receding at Port St. Lucie in Florida, called 911 and claimed responsibility of the shoot and also pledged his allegiance with the Isil, the terrorist group.
The shooting at the gay nightclub proclaimed 50 lives and 53 people are still severely wounded. The club was celebrating its weekly “Upscale Latin Saturdays” with salsa and merengue music at the crowded club, before it turned into a slaughter-house. The shooting took place around 2 am. Some of the visitors, who could not run out of the club, hid inside and called 911 and posted at social media for help. The club posted on the official Facebook page, “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.”
Joel Figueroa said that they “were dancing by the hip-hop area when I heard shots, bam, bam, bam. Everybody was screaming and running toward the front door.”
Hundreds of people gathered around the nightclub along with the law enforcement. But, even after 12hours of the attack, the relatives were waiting in anguish to hear any news near Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Baron Serrano, brother of a victim said, ““We are here suffering, knowing nothing. I cannot understand why they can’t tell me anything because my brother is a very well-known person here in Orlando. He is a hairstylist, and everybody knows him.”
Omar Mateen, who was later killed by the officials, was termed as “mentally unstable and mentally ill” by his ex-wife Sitora Yusifiy. She also informed that he was bipolar and he used to take steroids.
39 visitors died on spot. At least 30 were rescued from inside the club by police veterans. The FBI is considering this incident as an act of terrorism. Mateen was investigated by the FBI in 2013 for having possible ties with terrorist group. The recent incidents suggest that trip to certain parts of America is getting unpredictably hostile for LGBT tourists day by day.