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This is BBC world News. He the headlines: The deadliest mass

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shooting in US history. 50 people are dead after a gunman opens fire

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in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Resident Obama calls the

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attack and act of terror. We do not know what connection he may have had

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with terrorist groups but what is clear is that he was filled with

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hatred. The shooter is identified as Omar Mateen who is believed to have

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sworn allegiance to Islamic State before carrying out the attic. I am

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Laura Becker live at the scene where we have head by the effort the item

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the killer may have been ideological age motivated.

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President Obama has described it as an act of hate, the cooling of 50

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people in a gun attack on a crowded gay nightclub in Florida. It is the

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deadliest bass shooting in US history. The gunmen opened fire at

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the nightclub at around 2am local time. He then held hostages for

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three hours before the police stormed the building. He is a US

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citizen of Afghan descent. He is said to have guided allegiance to

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Islamic State before the attack. The flag is being flown at half-mast in

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Washington as a mark of respect for the victims.

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The shooter was investigated in 2013 after he made comments to colleagues

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but in 2014 was back on the radar of the F guy again after he had contact

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with a suicide bomber. The contacts were deemed to have been minimal and

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then in the last two Daisy bought two weapons and then went into the

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pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 50 people. Some 50 more are

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still in hospital. Laura Becker is live for us in Orlando. What is the

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latest from here? David shock, outrage and fear but also unity.

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This is a community that just around about me are trying to come

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together. Trying to find some way to understand what happened here. This

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was a very popular nightclub where hundreds came to try and enjoy the

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evening. It ended in tragedy. He lives what we know about the events

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that happened last night so far. The shocking sound of rapid fire

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echoed through the streets recorded by witnesses who feared the worst.

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Dozens managed to flee the popular gay nightclub but still worried

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about those they left behind. I had no choice but to help the

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people that were short. One mother got a text from her son pleading for

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help as he was trapped inside. He told her he loved her and feared he

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would die. Others were distraught, just desperate for news. I don't

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know where my son is, no one can know where my son is, no one can

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tell me where my son is, no one knows. The cloud media are

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fatalities. -- they told me there after cavities. -- vitality is.

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Police say he had some sort of explosive device. So what teens

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rescued 30 people but inside find a scene of utter devastation. Just to

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look into the eyes of our officers told the whole story. You could tell

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they were all shaken by this incident, by what they saw inside

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the club. He did and I'm believable the club. He did and I'm believable

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job, courageous efforts in rescuing many, many hostages. This is now

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being investigated as an act of terror. The suspect has been

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identified as Omar Mateen, the FBI says it is trying to establish if he

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had links to Islamic groups. Though it is still early in the litigation

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we know enough to say this is an act of terror and an act of heat. As

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Americans we are united in grief. In outrage and in resolve to defend our

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people. This is the deadliest mass shooting in American history at our

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place young people came to party. A state of emergency has now been

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declared in our land as the investigation continues the lease

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are urging calm until they know more and are clear about a motive. We

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have just had an update from the FBI within the last hour and as you

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said, we understand that the attacker had been investigated on

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two occasions, once in 2013 and once in 2014. It has also been confirmed

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that he did call 911 before the attack and clear his allegiance to

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the Islamic State. We also understand that the Islamic State or

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a group linked to the Islamic State have, on social media, claimed some

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kind of responsibility for this attack. However, he at the scene I

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have just spoken to the representative for the Council for

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Islamic American relations and what he told me was this was not anything

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to do with his religion. He said this was a crime against humanity

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and he urged everyone to stand together on this and come together.

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In fact, they have been raising money for families of the victims

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and he said that fund is running at tens of thousands already even

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though it has just been set up in the last couple of hours. This is a

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community really trying to come to terms with what has happened here

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within the last few hours and we do know we are beginning to hear some

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of the first details of the victims themselves. Laura the down for us in

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Orlando. President Obama addressed the American public today in a

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sombre concise address in which he talked about the Vic rooms. He said

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that an attack on one American was an attack on all Americans and, of

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course, this is a country in shock because of what happened, 50 people

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killed there in Orlando. One who saw what was going on was Nick Ornstein

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who joins us live on the phone from Orlando. I understand you witnessed

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what was happening and you went to the window and saw what was going

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on? I heard the sound of the gunfire about two o'clock when the first

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shot was fired. I went to the window to see if I could see anything and

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that is when I saw people running from the club, trying to get away.

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Nick, how long were you watching for? Obviously this attack went on

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for a sustained period of time, where you watching for a while? Yes,

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for the whole thing we were basically up there just watching

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what was going on. We weren't permitted to leave the apartment

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until just a couple of hours ago when they finally got the scene a

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bit more under control. So after you heard the gunshots what happened

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then? You're ready a lot of security vehicles arrived at the club? Yes,

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there must have been 70 or 80 top cars blocking the streets trying to

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secure and help everybody out. With that the ambulances and first

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responding vehicles had a difficult time getting in through the work

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picking up the dead and transporting them to the medical centre just the

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few blocks away. The gunman presumably was inside the nightclubs

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or I'm assuming you did not see him, did you? Now, I did not. I heard

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police addressing him over a loudspeaker a few times that I

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couldn't make out what they were saying or anything of that nature.

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If you see the police filing? No, I didn't. I was able to record a video

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where you could view the exchange of gunfire between the lease and the

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sugar but you could... There was no sugar but you could... There was no

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clear view with the way the club is set up. At what point did it become

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clear to you that this is a serious incident? There wasn't a lot of

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information while everything was going on, we were kind of kept in

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the dark a little bit. The amount of responders clued you in there was

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something very serious going on but I never realised the gravity until

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the numbers started coming out, 20, then 250 and it seemed to have

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stopped around that number. Did you see some of the injured coming out

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of the club, could you see that from where you wear? Yes, there were

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people with less serious injuries, injuries to appendages like arms and

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legs and things like that as well as people with injuries to their

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chests, abdomen, they were carted away with priority over ones with

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more simple wounds. To be clear, we argue now? I am actually heading

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back to my home in Atlanta from Orlando. I just finally got to leave

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the apartment not too long ago. And what was it like as you left? It is

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still a heavy police presence. They have crime scene technicians with

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tents set up the idea that are working nonstop to try to rob at the

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scene it will be a few days before it is all they in care of. Nick,

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thank you for joining us, that must have been a terrifying night for you

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watching what was unfolding. President Obama has addressed the

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American public about the attack he talked about the need to find the

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motive and said there was no definitive judgment yet he also

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the country being an attack on all the country being an attack on all

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Americans and, of course, sent his sympathy and clears to the victims

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and the victims families. Here is president Obama. Today as Americans

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we believe the brutal murder, the horrific massacre of thousands of

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American people. We pray for the families who are grasping for

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answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando

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who have ensured a terrible attack. Although it is still early

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in the investigation, we know enough to say this

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was an act of terror As Americans, we are united

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in grief, in outrage and in resolve I've just finished a meeting

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with the FBI director and my The FBI is on the scene and leading

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the investigation in partnership The full resources of the federal

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government will be made available We have reached no definitive

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judgment on the precise The FBI is appropriately

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investigating this as an act of terrorism and I've directed

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that we must spare no effort to determine what, if any,

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inspiration or association this killer might have had

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with terrorist groups. What is clear is that he was

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a person filled with hatred. Over the coming days we will uncover

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why and how this happened and we will go wherever

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the facts lead us. This morning I spoke

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with my good friend, the Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer,

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and I conveyed to him the deepest This could have been any one

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of our communities so I told him that whatever help

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he and the people of Orlando need, As a country, we will be

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there for the people of Orlando today, tomorrow and for

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all the days to come. We also express our profound

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gratitude to all the police and first responders

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who rushed into harm's way. Their courage and professionalism

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saved lives and kept the carnage It is the kind of sacrifice

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that our law enforcement professionals make every single day

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for all of us and we can This is an especially heartbreaking

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day for all of our friends, our fellow Americans,

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who are lesbian, gay, The shooter targeted

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a nightclub where people came together to be with friends,

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to dance and sing and to live. The place they were attacked

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is more than a nightclub, it is a place of solidarity

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and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness,

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to speak their minds and to advocate This is a sobering reminder that

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attacks on any American, regardless of race, ethnicity,

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religion or sexual orientation, is an attack on all of us,

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and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define

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us as a country. No act of hate or terror

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will ever change the values Today marks the most deadly shooting

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in American history. As a pattern with a handgun and powerful assault

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rifle. This is a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get

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their hands on a weapon that lets them should be put in a school or

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house of worship or movie theatre or a nightclub.

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We have to decide if that is the kind of country we want to be,

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and to actively do nothing is a decision as well.

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In the coming hours and days, we will learn about the victims

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Their names, their faces, who they were, joy they brought

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The difference that they made in this world.

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May God give them the strength to bear the unbearable.

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May he give us all the strength to be there for them

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and the strength and courage to change.

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We need to demonstrate that we are defined more

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as a country by the way they lived their lives

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than by the hate of the man who took them from us.

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As we go together, we will draw inspiration from heroic and selfless

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acts, friends who helped friends, took care of each other

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In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another.

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We will not give in to fear or turn against each other, instead

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we will stand united as Americans to protect their people

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and defend our nation and take action against

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May God bless the Americans lost this one out,

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they comfort their families, may God continue to watch over

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President Obama speaking earlier. We are learning more details about this

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suspect, all the time the FBI saying he was on their radar twice in the

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past and yet was still legally able to buy firearms? Yes, that was

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interesting as a press conference the extra year I just gave the said

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twice he came on their radar, once in 2013 and once in 2014 and in the

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last couple of days he managed to buy two weapons. The FBI official

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was questioned about that by a member of the press repeatedly and

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the FBI's response was the investigation on both stages was

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closed and he was not under current civilians and George question about

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why and how he was able to buy those firearms. He was pointedly asked,

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you had someone on your radar who had been investigated as possible

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links to Islamic jihad, how was he able to buy those weapons? I think

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that's the question a lot of Americans will be asking only next

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couple of days. A lot of solidarity also being shown to the key and

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lesbian community in Orlando, Florida. One hashtag on Twitter is

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hashtag and love is love with the heart of the LGBT colours. How are

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they responding to these awful attacks? I just put to edge over the

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love -- haven't imposed's clear of boys and editable as McDonald got

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these as we have to make sure the focus is on the hate crime against

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the LGBT community and not be distracted by Islamic jihad this was

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really an attack and he says he feels this a lot in America, even

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though the US Supreme Court has recently legalised gay marriage, he

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says the backlash is being felt by members of the data unity and whilst

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the scale of this attack is the, he says the source of hatred did not

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entirely surprised him. Just before we go, one thing I should point out

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is Hillary Clinton in responding to this has now cancelled a campaign

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event she was a double with President Obama, the first campaign

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event ever going to walk together, these two, since President Obama

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endorsed her last week. She has cancelled that college was scheduled

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for Wednesday in Wisconsin. That will now not take place.

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So what we know about the man believed to have carried out the

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Orlando shootings? He has been identified as Omar

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Mateen. But the FBI says he had no direct

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link to any militant group. Earlier FBI special agent in charge,

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Ron Hopper, gave more insight into Mateen's criminal history,

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including possible The FBI first became aware of

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Martinez 2013 when he made inflammatory comments the court

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workers, alleging possible terrorist ties. The FBI thoroughly

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investigated the matter including interviews of witnesses, physical

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surveillance and records checks. In the course of the investigation, he

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was interviewed twice. Ultimately we were unable to verify the substance

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of his comments and the investigation was closed. In 2014,

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he again came to the attention of the FBI because of possible ties to

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Mona Abu Salah in -- are Americans was Obama. They conducted an

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investigation including an interview with him and determined that contact

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was minimal and did not constitute a subsidy of relationship or a threat

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at that time. It has been reported that Mateen made calls to 911 this

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morning in which he's dated his allegiance to the IS. We are looking

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into any and all connections both domestic and international.

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A news agency affiliated to so-called Islamic State group has

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quoted IS as saying that one of its fighters carried

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I asked our Security correspondent, Gordon Corera, about

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A standard news agency, semi-official for so-called Islamic

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State. Their message normally takes quite a high degree of credence and

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they said a fighter linked to IS carried out the attack. So they are

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claiming that they were involved in some way. What is not clear is

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whether they are merely saying this because the individual affiliate

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themselves. Mateen said he wanted to be part of IS or whether there was

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actually a direct connection between the group and is individual. We

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don't know if he had any direct contact with them or he was trained

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or directed by them through any kind of communication or if this was an

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individual who was a self starting, self radicalised and then declared

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his allegiance and if you like, IS are now accepting that and taking

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credit for what he has done in their name. Those are two different

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possibilities and is not yet clear which one we're looking at. This is

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completed investigation. President Obama saying this is an act of

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terror and hit crime as well. How are authorities going about trying

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to establish what the motivation was? I think motivation and

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connections are the crucial issues. How far can they unravel this

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individual cosmic motivations was a bad apples in dozens of media or

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indications from whence is about what was most fitting him and are

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there those connections to so-called IS. Is there any evidence on his

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computers or his data trail and communications about linking to the

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group and actually having a contact with them as opposed to perhaps just

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following them and following their messages. Those are the kind of

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things the authorities will be during using a mixture of

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communications and intelligence, police and FBI interviewing

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witnesses and the like. What you make of what the authorities have

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been saying so far? I think they have been cautious to jump to any

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conclusions beyond the fact this is clearly an act of terrorism in some

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form but the exact nature and links of the individual are hard to be

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sure about in the initial stages. We do seem to be getting more ports

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that he called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance, which do seem

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to be pretty quickly shifting us towards a certain direction in terms

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of his motivation. I think that will continue to be the way the forehead

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investigate it, trying to establish a clear that is. Could this be an

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opportunistic claim by Islamic State? It is possible. They had no

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direct connection that is possible then direct connection with this

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individual. They've never heard of him before and never contact all

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communities with him anyway but because he has declared his

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allegiance to them, if that is true, they have decided to take credit

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because that is a strategy they pursue. If you look at the

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leadership of IS, particularly at 90, the spokesperson, he called on

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people to carry out attacks, doing during my to something... Wait for

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an order. This is a way of working. They also if you look at the Paris

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attacks, SNP but I did have highly organised attacks but they also

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column B but carry out their attacks and just self-starter. -- but they

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do also have highly. At the moment edging more towards is starting and

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self direction but I don't think we can be sure of this and the

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statement doesn't necessarily prove one way or the other. Thank you.

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People who used to know the gunman said they were

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He was outgoing, just like a regular young kids come was younger than me.

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It is crazy. I don't know. How long ago did you meeting? A few years

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ago. I haven't seen him for a few years. But this is crazy to year. Is

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there any talk, did you ever feel like he didn't like gay people felt

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that was something that offended him? Because there is talk of that?

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No, not at all. We stand, lots of girls around. He was cool, calm and

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collected, never angry and never seen him angry was my life. Love to

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hang out and party with young kids are age. He was a normal teenager

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and a normal life. He was never crazy. Never. When was the last time

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use on him? Five years ago? Seven years ago?

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The candidates running for the US presidency have been

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Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump tweeted:

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Hilary Clinton issued a statement of her Facebook page,

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in which she said this was an act of terror but also an act of hate.

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She said - To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions

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We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly

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Hate has absolutely no place in America.

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Her fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders has also been speaking.

:26:43.:26:47.

It's horrific, it's unthinkable and our hopes go out to all those

:26:48.:26:50.

who were shot that they can recover, and 25 years ago I believed in this

:26:51.:26:58.

country we should not be selling automatic weapons designed to kill

:26:59.:27:01.

people, and we have to do everything we can to make sure guns do not fall

:27:02.:27:05.

into the hands of people who should not have them, criminals,

:27:06.:27:12.

people who are mentally ill, so that struggle continues.

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want to bring you some pictures from Los Angeles. A gay pride parade is

:27:22.:27:30.

taking place for these are live pictures. One of several gay pride

:27:31.:27:35.

parades taking plays across the US. Some expressing solidarity for the

:27:36.:27:40.

victims of the Orlando shootings and another one is taking place in

:27:41.:27:45.

Philadelphia. No doubt a sombre mood at some of these parades. The

:27:46.:27:53.

organisers of the parade event have issued a statement saying we are

:27:54.:27:56.

heartbroken that so many of our brothers, sisters and allies were

:27:57.:28:01.

last in this tragic attack. Organisers said the tragedy made

:28:02.:28:05.

them all the more determined to continue with their plans. Police in

:28:06.:28:13.

Southern California have arrested a man after finding explosives,

:28:14.:28:16.

explosives, weapons and a camouflage jacket in his car.

:28:17.:28:21.

The man who was stopped in Santa Monica, told

:28:22.:28:23.

officials that he was heading for the Los Angeles Pride Festival.

:28:24.:28:26.

Let's speak with our Los Angeles correspondent, Peter Bowes.

:28:27.:28:30.

What more do we know about this suspect who was arrested? The police

:28:31.:28:39.

were called when local people called them to report a man behaving

:28:40.:28:46.

suspiciously in Santa Monica. This is about eight miles from where the

:28:47.:28:49.

parade is taking place and when the police arrived he was questions and

:28:50.:28:52.

his car was searched. This is when the authorities say they discovered

:28:53.:28:57.

weapons and dangerous material. The local media here has gone further

:28:58.:29:01.

than that and said rifles were found, assault rifles and

:29:02.:29:04.

ingredients that could have been used to make a pipe bomb, the police

:29:05.:29:10.

not confirming those civic details yet. Another investigation is

:29:11.:29:12.

continuing and certainly the authorities are looking at that he

:29:13.:29:18.

was heading to the parade to meet a friend. They also said at this stage

:29:19.:29:23.

from what they know no connection is being made with the events of

:29:24.:29:28.

Orlando, Florida. Even so, this will cause worry. We just said there are

:29:29.:29:35.

gay pride parades taking place across the country. Any indication

:29:36.:29:38.

of whether security will be increased? Yes, certainly in Los

:29:39.:29:45.

Angeles the police are saying they're not aware of any specific

:29:46.:29:49.

threats, however they stay out of an abundance of caution they have

:29:50.:29:54.

enhanced their security presence for this particular event and have

:29:55.:29:56.

tactical units at the ready to prevent and respond to any

:29:57.:30:03.

circumstances, as you have seen to these pictures, the parade is well

:30:04.:30:07.

underway and people are determined to show their solidarity with the

:30:08.:30:12.

people of Orlando, carrying banners, posters with the words I am Pulse,

:30:13.:30:16.

which was the daily nightclub and carrying banners simply saying West

:30:17.:30:19.

Holyrood is with Orlando. It is difficult to tell. There are

:30:20.:30:29.

lots of people on the streets in the pictures can see. Do you think

:30:30.:30:34.

anybody would be deterred from attending these events because of

:30:35.:30:38.

it must have crossed the minds of it must have crossed the minds of

:30:39.:30:43.

some people. We will not know until the end of the day when figures on

:30:44.:30:47.

attendance are released but certainly looking at the streets

:30:48.:30:50.

they seem to be as bustling and lively as usual and I get the sense

:30:51.:30:54.

that people wanted to make a statement, to come out on the

:30:55.:30:59.

streets and shall that as bad as this parade is concerned life goes

:31:00.:31:04.

on as normal. This is the annual celebration of LGBT rights and

:31:05.:31:08.

people are determined to make that statement. Any comments and reaction

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to the mass shootings in Orlando from early? -- Ellie, Peter Bowes,

:31:13.:31:26.

are you still with me? -- Los Angeles. We are going to leave it

:31:27.:31:30.

with Peter Bowes from Los Angeles at the moment. It Los Angeles city

:31:31.:31:34.

commissioner, Patty Sheehan has delivered this statement on the half

:31:35.:31:41.

of the LGBT community in the city. We are a people who love and if you

:31:42.:31:45.

think you are going to stab at the heart of us by doing this horrible

:31:46.:31:51.

violent act you are not because we love, we are a resilient people and

:31:52.:31:54.

we are going to show you in the face of this that we are going to have

:31:55.:31:58.

lined up mind those blood banks. We are going to show what the good

:31:59.:32:02.

heart of humanity is not the bad, horrible part of it and you cannot

:32:03.:32:05.

get your message across by cooling people. You're nothing but thugs and

:32:06.:32:09.

murderers and we will show you we are a better community than this.

:32:10.:32:16.

The Florida senator Marco Rubio has also been speaking about the Orlando

:32:17.:32:21.

Sa shootings. He said Islamic terrorists need to know they will

:32:22.:32:25.

not win. We know they are less heat in the world, we know some of it is

:32:26.:32:29.

inspired by what ideology and we know we have been in conflict for

:32:30.:32:33.

the very long time. They seek to intimidate hours and terrorise us

:32:34.:32:38.

and they will not terrorise America or Floridians, we stand for and with

:32:39.:32:44.

all Americans irrespective of the sexual orientation or party ideology

:32:45.:32:49.

or where they live. We are all Americans. You are seeing a response

:32:50.:32:54.

today and this will continue, this will make us stronger. They will not

:32:55.:32:58.

win. Islamic terrorist need to know they will not win that America will

:32:59.:33:03.

stand tall together and whatever differences we may have on whatever

:33:04.:33:07.

issue we are all Americans and we stand here together united

:33:08.:33:08.

confronting this threat that has confronting this threat that has

:33:09.:33:13.

been a scourge to the world. My colleague has been speaking to one

:33:14.:33:18.

the shooting happened. The shooting the shooting happened. The shooting

:33:19.:33:24.

happened outside. We started hearing the noise of banging outside around

:33:25.:33:28.

2am, after hours. It was after hours 2am, after hours. It was after hours

:33:29.:33:33.

that is how he managed to get in. We heard a shooting back and forth with

:33:34.:33:38.

the cop outside and the shooter. Once he got inside he was blocking

:33:39.:33:42.

the exit and nobody could go to the exit either by jumping him or by

:33:43.:33:46.

jumping the fence in the back. I could not get a good look at his

:33:47.:33:48.

face or we had was loud banging on face or we had was loud banging on

:33:49.:33:52.

the outside and the court was dying. There were 30 shots that we had and

:33:53.:33:56.

after that the lights were off we could see anything. Just had blood

:33:57.:34:02.

everywhere on our shirts, seen people on the floor and we jumped a

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fence and once we were outside the cops were surrounding the whole

:34:06.:34:09.

building. The helicopter was on top of the building. The cops wouldn't

:34:10.:34:14.

let other people leave yet and it was not until Fyvie M in the morning

:34:15.:34:18.

when the shooter finally got shot by the cops and people were still

:34:19.:34:21.

inside hiding in the dressing rooms and everything. When you managed to

:34:22.:34:26.

get out with your life what did you do, what were you told and how did

:34:27.:34:31.

you get away from the scene? Ones who were outside, once we got away

:34:32.:34:36.

from the scene we were surrounded by cops and they would not let us leave

:34:37.:34:40.

because they wanted to question us and stuff and to see the

:34:41.:34:42.

investigation about who the shooter is and everything but it was not

:34:43.:34:47.

until Fyvie end that we finally left and the shooter was caught and

:34:48.:34:50.

people were saved from the inside but he managed to kill the lot of

:34:51.:34:57.

people while he was inside holding those people hostages and people

:34:58.:35:01.

were hiding in the dressing rooms. Is this a relatively safe club? Have

:35:02.:35:05.

they been any instances of violence in your time before? Though, never,

:35:06.:35:13.

never, no. Give us a sense of when the violence started where you given

:35:14.:35:16.

any warning was anything said or did you just use the sound of the

:35:17.:35:28.

gunshots? Once we had the shooting at 2am we ran to the back and he was

:35:29.:35:34.

in the front exit blocking everybody and people were trying to jump on

:35:35.:35:40.

top of him or out of the back and that is when the lights went out and

:35:41.:35:42.

everybody, there was blood everywhere and that is when

:35:43.:35:46.

everybody was panicking. Another person in the nightclub was the

:35:47.:35:52.

Ricardo al mod of who was there when the shooting began. He described

:35:53.:35:53.

what happened when he was there. It was close to 2am,

:35:54.:36:01.

it was their closing time and we heard rapid gunfire go off

:36:02.:36:04.

and in the room I was in, I could not see a shooter

:36:05.:36:09.

or people get hurt, I guess the shooter also shot

:36:10.:36:16.

at the ceiling because you could feel the glass coming down

:36:17.:36:22.

from the lamps. At some point there was a brief

:36:23.:36:28.

pause and a group of us got up and went out the exit that leads

:36:29.:36:34.

to the patio area and tried to find an exit and after that,

:36:35.:36:44.

I can only speak for myself, I just ran with maybe a couple

:36:45.:36:50.

of other people that I did not know, we ran out and got away

:36:51.:36:55.

from the club. Everybody just went down

:36:56.:37:01.

to the ground and we were I had someone over me and then that

:37:02.:37:05.

person got up to run and I just followed,

:37:06.:37:14.

I don't know who that person was, I was by myself, people

:37:15.:37:17.

were screaming and in a brief moment where no shooting happening,

:37:18.:37:24.

we went out the back door. I remember there was screaming

:37:25.:37:29.

and people are scared, I could hear people

:37:30.:37:33.

saying they were scared and other people saying,

:37:34.:37:37.

let's run out, so we just ran out. It has two different rooms,

:37:38.:37:42.

one very big which has the dance floor and it also

:37:43.:37:51.

has an outdoor area, where some of us were able to go

:37:52.:37:57.

out, because the bigger dance floor Well, I want to go back to our

:37:58.:38:15.

reporter in Washington. Donald Trump has released a statement, and it he

:38:16.:38:20.

said President Obama disgracefully refused to even see the words

:38:21.:38:24.

radical Islam. He has asked for him to step down. Probably not unlike

:38:25.:38:31.

Donald Trump but how will that good idea? I have two say I am surprised.

:38:32.:38:37.

It is less than 24 hours and already this attack has got caught up in the

:38:38.:38:41.

politics of the presidential campaign. Donald Trump releasing a

:38:42.:38:47.

statement in which he said President Obama disgracefully of refused to

:38:48.:38:50.

say the words radical Islam and for that reasonable he should step down.

:38:51.:38:54.

He also said if Hillary Clinton cannot see the phrase radical Islam

:38:55.:38:59.

she should get out of the race for the presidency. Mr Trump says he is

:39:00.:39:04.

going to give an address tomorrow on national security issues and he will

:39:05.:39:07.

talk about this further. He didn't reiterate, however, his proposal

:39:08.:39:14.

from earlier that there should be a ban on all Muslims entering the

:39:15.:39:19.

United States, he did not call for United States, he did not call for

:39:20.:39:22.

that again but this is a very political statement. He said I am

:39:23.:39:25.

going to make America stronger again. He talked about the terrorist

:39:26.:39:38.

Omar Mateen being the son of a Taliban from Afghanistan. He talked

:39:39.:39:43.

about how America admits 100,000 immigrants from the Middle East into

:39:44.:39:48.

the country and how Hillary Clinton wants to increase that number and

:39:49.:39:52.

won't keep America strong. I am going to be a president for all

:39:53.:39:56.

Americans, I am going to protect and defend all Americans, we are going

:39:57.:40:01.

to make America strong for everyone. In a blistering statement Donald

:40:02.:40:08.

Trump blasting President Obama and Hillary Clinton particularly on the

:40:09.:40:10.

issue of whether they will use the words radical Islam. Hillary Clinton

:40:11.:40:17.

has said she will cancel a campaign appearance on Wednesday with

:40:18.:40:20.

President Obama which was scheduled to be held in Wisconsin. She is now

:40:21.:40:29.

going to cancel that. This attack now quickly getting caught up in the

:40:30.:40:32.

politics of this bitter presidential election campaign. And, Katty one

:40:33.:40:41.

Muslim activist group, the Council on Muslim American Islamic

:40:42.:40:45.

relations, it has said we are second and heartbroken by this appalling

:40:46.:40:49.

attack. If they're concerned within the Muslim community that there

:40:50.:40:54.

might be revenge attacks? The resolve so concern in the Muslim

:40:55.:40:58.

community here in America after an incident like this that they will

:40:59.:41:02.

feel some kind of backlash. It is not easy being a Muslim always in

:41:03.:41:06.

the United States. This is a fairly small part of the population, less

:41:07.:41:10.

than 1% of the American population is Muslim and by and large America

:41:11.:41:15.

has done a much better job than Europe in integrating Muslims into

:41:16.:41:19.

the American community. Most Muslims who live here with think of

:41:20.:41:23.

themselves as American first and Muslims second. In some ways the

:41:24.:41:27.

United States has been a role model for what European countries would

:41:28.:41:32.

like to do in terms of integrating the Muslim populations into the

:41:33.:41:36.

fabric of the country but every time there as an attack like this and

:41:37.:41:40.

American Muslims I know, and I spoke to one just this morning, will say I

:41:41.:41:45.

wish this had not been a Muslim, it is so hard being Muslim in America,

:41:46.:41:50.

we do feel that stigma, we do feel that prejudice and of course, he

:41:51.:41:54.

said to me, we can then decide right. But ever since the attacks of

:41:55.:42:00.

911 the new Muslim in America is not necessarily an easy thing to be. How

:42:01.:42:05.

is the news sinking in the? The death toll at about six or seven

:42:06.:42:10.

hours ago was 20, Pedro draws quite significantly to 50 making this the

:42:11.:42:15.

worst mass shooting in modern American history, what has been the

:42:16.:42:20.

reaction? Everyone here is stunned as you might expect. The biggest

:42:21.:42:25.

attack on American soil, the biggest shooting like this, biggest shooting

:42:26.:42:28.

incident, the second-biggest was one that I covered a good ten years ago

:42:29.:42:36.

now at Virginia Tech University in Virginia, 32 people were killed in

:42:37.:42:40.

that and then there was the sandy massacre as well. There are two

:42:41.:42:45.

forces that are clear in America today. The is there about radical

:42:46.:42:52.

Islamic terrorism and the is this me that this man who had been

:42:53.:42:57.

investigated was able to get access to weapons so easily. You heard

:42:58.:43:01.

President Obama say in his address to the nation this is a reminder of

:43:02.:43:06.

how easy it is for people to get a gun and shoot people and he referred

:43:07.:43:11.

to other shooting incidents, in a cinema, any school and now in a

:43:12.:43:14.

nightclub as well so you will hear it a lot over the next few days as

:43:15.:43:20.

he had from Donald Trump, even syphilis attacks against Islamic

:43:21.:43:23.

radical terrorism and how America is not safe and you will also hear

:43:24.:43:30.

perhaps from more liberal parts of the community say-macro- this is

:43:31.:43:34.

also about gun control. That is not an argument I think Donald Trump

:43:35.:43:37.

will want to make or have much time for what the Iraqi two separate

:43:38.:43:43.

forces in America and we will hear a lot of argument from them over the

:43:44.:43:46.

next few days. Thank you very much now Katty was talking about the

:43:47.:43:52.

address from President Obama and year is what else he had to say.

:43:53.:43:59.

Today as Americans we grieve the brutal murder, the horrific massacre

:44:00.:44:04.

of dozens of innocent people. We pray for the families who are

:44:05.:44:07.

grasping for answers with broken hearts.

:44:08.:44:12.

We stand with the people of Orlando who have ensured a terrible attack.

:44:13.:44:15.

Although it is still early in the investigation,

:44:16.:44:17.

we know enough to say this was an act of terror

:44:18.:44:20.

As Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage and in resolve

:44:21.:44:26.

I've just finished a meeting with the FBI director and my

:44:27.:44:31.

The FBI is on the scene and leading the investigation in partnership

:44:32.:44:37.

The full resources of the federal government will be made available

:44:38.:44:44.

We have reached no definitive judgment on the precise

:44:45.:44:54.

The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act

:44:55.:45:00.

of terrorism and I've directed that we must spare no effort

:45:01.:45:04.

to determine what, if any, inspiration or association this

:45:05.:45:08.

killer might have had with terrorist groups.

:45:09.:45:13.

What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred.

:45:14.:45:17.

Over the coming days we will uncover why and how this happened

:45:18.:45:20.

and we will go wherever the facts lead us.

:45:21.:45:24.

This morning I spoke with my good friend,

:45:25.:45:27.

the Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and I conveyed to him the deepest

:45:28.:45:32.

This could have been any one of our communities so I told

:45:33.:45:38.

him that whatever help he and the people of Orlando need,

:45:39.:45:43.

As a country, we will be there for the people of Orlando

:45:44.:45:55.

today, tomorrow and for all the days to come.

:45:56.:45:57.

We also express our profound gratitude to all the police

:45:58.:45:59.

and first responders who rushed into harm's way.

:46:00.:46:07.

Their courage and professionalism saved lives and kept the carnage

:46:08.:46:09.

It is the kind of sacrifice that our law enforcement

:46:10.:46:13.

professionals make every single day for all of us and we can

:46:14.:46:16.

This is an especially heartbreaking day for all of our friends,

:46:17.:46:23.

our fellow Americans, who are lesbian, gay,

:46:24.:46:25.

The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came

:46:26.:46:29.

together to be with friends, to dance and sing and to live.

:46:30.:46:41.

The place they were attacked is more than a nightclub,

:46:42.:46:44.

it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have

:46:45.:46:46.

come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds and to advocate

:46:47.:46:49.

This is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American,

:46:50.:46:53.

regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation,

:46:54.:47:00.

is an attack on all of us, and on the fundamental values

:47:01.:47:04.

of equality and dignity that define us as a country.

:47:05.:47:09.

No act of hate or terror will ever change the values

:47:10.:47:12.

Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history.

:47:13.:47:21.

The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a

:47:22.:47:23.

This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy

:47:24.:47:34.

it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot

:47:35.:47:37.

people in a school or in a house of worship or a movie

:47:38.:47:40.

We have to decide if that is the kind of country we want to be,

:47:41.:47:48.

and to actively do nothing is a decision as well.

:47:49.:47:52.

In the coming hours and days, we will learn about the victims

:47:53.:47:55.

Their names, their faces, who they were, joy they brought

:47:56.:47:59.

The difference that they made in this world.

:48:00.:48:09.

May God give them the strength to bear the unbearable.

:48:10.:48:16.

May he give us all the strength to be there for them

:48:17.:48:19.

and the strength and courage to change.

:48:20.:48:25.

We need to demonstrate that we are defined more

:48:26.:48:27.

as a country by the way they lived their lives

:48:28.:48:30.

than by the hate of the man who took them from us.

:48:31.:48:34.

As we go together, we will draw inspiration from heroic and selfless

:48:35.:48:37.

acts, friends who helped friends, took care of each other

:48:38.:48:40.

In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another.

:48:41.:48:51.

We will not give in to fear or turn against each other, instead

:48:52.:48:54.

we will stand united as Americans to protect their people

:48:55.:48:57.

and defend our nation and take action against

:48:58.:49:02.

May God bless the Americans lost this one out,

:49:03.:49:09.

they comfort their families, may God continue to watch over

:49:10.:49:11.

in. Let's go back to Washington. President Obama speaking about the

:49:12.:49:33.

suspect. From the FBI that he had been on their radar twice before.

:49:34.:49:38.

Yes, this is interesting to mood had more details now that he suspect

:49:39.:49:41.

from the FBI that he had beyond their radar in 2013 because he had

:49:42.:49:48.

made what sounded like incendiary comments to co-workers, he was

:49:49.:49:53.

investigated at that point and Marmite team then came back on the

:49:54.:49:58.

FBI's radar in 2014 because he had contact with and Americans were

:49:59.:50:03.

said,, with Abu Salah, that contact was deemed to be minimal and the

:50:04.:50:09.

investigation was closed. The FBI defending themselves against this

:50:10.:50:13.

notion that how could somebody who had been on their radar in

:50:14.:50:19.

connection with Islamic terrorism be possibly allowed to buy two guns,

:50:20.:50:24.

the FBI agent, all he had to say was the investigation was closed and he

:50:25.:50:27.

wasn't under surveillance at this time. It is worth pointing out also

:50:28.:50:32.

that the FBI are saying they do not have a second suspect that they are

:50:33.:50:36.

looking for, they believe he was acting alone and they do not believe

:50:37.:50:40.

there is any ongoing threat to the neighbourhood in Orlando. And the

:50:41.:50:46.

president saying this was an act of terror and an act of hate. How will

:50:47.:50:50.

the authorities establish what his motive was? They will now be going,

:50:51.:50:57.

as we are speaking, the FBI will be looking through all of his

:50:58.:51:01.

electronic surveillance, at his cellphone records, website he

:51:02.:51:04.

visited, any kind of electronic communication he had. The FBI have

:51:05.:51:09.

told us they are at the family's house and speaking to it,

:51:10.:51:13.

interviewing and investigating the family to see if there was any clues

:51:14.:51:16.

that could have been there, did anyone miss anything? This was

:51:17.:51:22.

always the issue and did he have any contact with anywhere else that

:51:23.:51:25.

either provided ongoing threat of could provide some kind of clue as

:51:26.:51:29.

to whether he was working entirely alone or as Islamic State have said,

:51:30.:51:33.

on so-called Islamic State, that he was a fight over them as they said

:51:34.:51:38.

on their website. That could mean lots of different things, those are

:51:39.:51:41.

the things the FBI are investigating. Thank you very much.

:51:42.:51:48.

I will be capped Armenia is. 50 people have been killed at a

:51:49.:51:52.

nightclub in Orlando. It is the worst mass shooting in modern US

:51:53.:51:59.

history. Plenty more on the website and the life pages there for you.

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