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Suspect in German Theater Dead; No Serious Injuries

Police shot him; injuries to others attributed to tear gas

(Newser) - Officials say a suspect in an incident at a movie theater in southwest Germany is dead, reports AP . The dpa news agency quotes Interior Minister Peter Beuth as saying the man was shot dead. Police earlier said there was a "threat situation" at the Kinopolis movie theater in the... More »

AR-15 Inventor's Family: He'd Be 'Sickened' by Mass Shootings

Eugene Stoner's kids, grandkids say he designed the rifle for military use only, not civilians

(Newser) - When Eugene Stoner designed "America's gun" (aka the AR-15) in the late 1950s, which was adopted for use by the Army as the M16, his goal was to create the "most efficient and superior" rifles for military use and give them a leg up over the Soviets'... More »

Shooter Ranted on Facebook Hours Before Slaughter

Gunman even searched for posts about Pulse as shooting was underway

(Newser) - Omar Mateen used Facebook before—and even during—the Orlando mass shooting, ranting against the West and searching for posts on the massacre, according to a lawmaker's letter to Mark Zuckerberg. Sen. Ron Johnson, GOP chair of the Homeland Security Committee, quotes posts including: "The real muslims will... More »

Survivor: Orlando Shooter Wanted to Spare Black Victims

Patience Carter describes 'the worst night of our lives'

(Newser) - In the waning minutes of the massacre at Pulse in Orlando, Omar Mateen stopped shooting to ask, "Are there any black people in here?" 20-year-old survivor Patience Carter tells CBS News . He reportedly added: "I don't have a problem with black people…You guys suffered enough."... More »

Gunman Was a Familiar Face at LGBT Club

Surviving customers say Mateen was a regular, used gay dating apps

(Newser) - The night that Omar Mateen carried out the deadliest mass shooting in US history was far from his first visit to Orlando's Pulse nightclub, surviving customers say. The Orlando Sentinel spoke to at least four customers who recalled seeing Mateen in the LGBT club. Ty Smith says he had... More »

Teen Kalamazoo Survivor Suffers Major Setback

Infection has put Abbie Kopf 'back to square one'

(Newser) - "When it rains, it pours," Abigail Kopf's family says in an update on the recovery of the 14-year-old survivor of the Kalamazoo shooting rampage . The family announced on the Abbie Kopf's Recovery Facebook page Monday that a severe infection has set in around a surgical incision,... More »

Survivors: Gunman Laughed During Orlando Massacre

A mother of 11 died protecting her son

(Newser) - People who made it out of Orlando's Pulse nightclub alive are sharing stories of their horrific experiences. Norman Casiano, 25, tells the New York Times that he huddled in a crammed bathroom stall after shooting erupted. He says gunman Omar Mateen laughed after he entered the room and opened... More »

JetBlue: Orlando Victims' Families Fly for Free

'Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones'

(Newser) - JetBlue says it stands with the victims of the Orlando mass shooting —and it's doing what it can to help their families. The airline is offering free flights to and from Orlando for the immediate family members and domestic partners of victims, and it has waived change fees... More »

Why 1 in 3 People at Pulse Were Shot

Also: Orlando newspaper has memorable front page

(Newser) - Authorities in Orlando Monday clarified the death toll from the Pulse nightclub shooting: The current total of 50 includes the gunman, Omar Mateen, reports the AP . Of those, 39 were dead at the scene. A surgeon at Orlando Regional Medical Center says the death toll is expected to rise given... More »

Inside the History of Orlando's Pulse Nightclub

Co-owner Barbara Poma wanted to commemorate her brother

(Newser) - The nightclub devastated by America's worst-ever mass shooting was inspired by love, USA Today reports. One of the owners of Pulse—the Orlando, Fla., club where gunman Omar Mateen killed at least 50 and wounded 53 on Sunday—opened the venue to commemorate her older brother and help people... More »

Trump: Orlando Proved Me Right on Terrorism

Critics bash his response as 'self-congratulations'

(Newser) - While President Obama deemed the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando an "act of terror and an act of hate," the man looking to fill his shoes took a different approach. "Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism," Donald Trump tweeted Sunday, shortly before... More »

FBI Investigated, Cleared Orlando Shooter Twice

Former co-worker says he saw this coming

(Newser) - Omar Mateen, the man believed to be behind the nation's deadliest mass shooting , was no stranger to the FBI. FBI Special Agent Ron Hopper, who runs the agency's Orlando office, says the 29-year-old was investigated—and cleared—twice, the Washington Post reports. In 2013, he was investigated for... More »

Orlando Victim's Last Messages: 'He's Coming. I'm Gonna Die'

He texted mother while hiding from gunman

(Newser) - A mother whose son was killed in the Orlando, Fla., shooting has shared the terrifying final text messages she received. Mina Justice, who spoke to the AP before her 30-year-old son, Eddie, was confirmed dead, says she was woken up at 2:06am by the messages: "Mommy I love... More »

As Vigils Dot Nation, Victims' Fund Raises $1M in Hours

A GoFundMe account has raised more than $1.3M

(Newser) - Across the United States, people gathered Sunday night at vigils honoring the victims of a shooting attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded. In Miami Beach, mourners lit candles, embraced, and waved rainbow flags, the AP reports. Members of LGBT groups... More »

Orlando Shooter's Father Praised Afghan Taliban

Ex-wife says Mateen kept her 'hostage'

(Newser) - The father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen has some fairly extreme political views, though there doesn't appear to be any direct connection to the mass shooting. Seddique Mateen hosts the Durand Jirga Show on California-based Afghan channel Payam-e-Afghan, reports the Washington Post , which notes that in his political... More »

Obama: Shooting in Orlando Was 'Act of Terror'

Politicians react to worst mass shooting in US history

(Newser) - President Obama says the mass slaughter that left at least 50 dead and 53 wounded at an Orlando LGBT nightclub on Sunday was an "act of terror," CNN reports. "We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate," he... More »

Orlando Shooter's Father: Gay Kiss Angered Him

Omar Mateen apparently called 911, pledged allegiance to ISIS

(Newser) - Mere hours after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, the father of the man accused of killing at least 50 at the Pulse Orlando gay club says he was unaware of what his son was plotting—and that 29-year-old Omar Mateen might have been motivated by seeing two... More »

Worst Mass Shooting in US History: Toll in Fla. Soars to 50

Shooter is identified as US citizen Omar Mateen

(Newser) - Sunday morning's bloodbath at Pulse Orlando nightclub was far bloodier than police initially indicated, with the city mayor now confirming at least 50 casualties in what is now the worst mass shooting in American history, reports the AP . At least 53 people have been hospitalized. "There's blood... More »

Cops: 'Approximately 20' Dead in Fla. Club Bloodbath

Gunman took hostages, died in firefight with SWAT team

(Newser) - A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun took hostages and opened fire inside a crowded Florida nightclub, killing approximately 20 people and wounding 42 others before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said Sunday at a press conference just hours after the gunman was killed. Here'... More »

'Mass Casualty Situation' After Shooting at Fla. Gay Club

Gunman dead after he opens up at closing time in Orlando hotspot; other injuries unknown

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire at a well-known central Florida nightclub, and multiple people have been wounded, police said Sunday. The shooter inside the club is dead, Orlando Police said on the department's Twitter page. It was not immediately clear how the shooter died, reports the AP , or how many... More »

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