Following the shooting and hostage situation at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, law enforcement, and media outlets have struggled to put together enough accurate information to paint a picture of what actually happened and who was responsible.
Here is what we know so far about the shooter who was killed during the standoff.
1. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida:
2. Mateen wore a “suspicious” device during the shooting:
3. Mateen may not have acted alone:
CNN has been careful to note on several occasions that although Mateen was killed during a shootout with law enforcement, it is not clear if he acted alone. The attack does appear pre-planned.
4. The FBI says he may be linked to radical Islam:
5. Pulse nightclub is a “gun-free” zone:
Florida state law 790.06 says that no gun permit allows the permit holder to carry a gun into “any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose.”
6. Mateen injured one police officer in the exchange of gunfire:
“'One officer suffered an eye injury when a bullet struck his Kevlar helmet,' said Danny Banks, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Orlando bureau. 'The helmet saved the officer's life,' Banks said.”
7. Both of Mateen's parents are from Afghanistan:
Law enforcement sources told CBS News the gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie. Mateen was born to Afghan parents. CBS News reports Mateen has no apparent criminal history and that authorities are investigating whether he had ties to Islamic terrorism.
8. Mateen appears to have had a concealed carry permit and a security license:
The license details can be found here.
9. Mateen was a registered Democrat:
Florida voting records state that Omar Mateen was a resident of Fort Pierce in St Lucie County, Florida. He registered to vote as a member of the Democratic Party in 2006.
10. Mateen was killed when SWAT teams moved in to free hostages:
11. New reports of 50 dead make Mateen the deadliest mass shooter* in American history:
*It is important to note that classifying the event as a “mass shooting” does not mean that it cannot also be classified as an act of terrorism, Islamic terrorism or otherwise. The terror classification is based on motive, while the mass shooting classification is based on body count: a deadly mass murder may be classified as both.
Law enforcement has now confirmed that there are 50 dead in addition to the shooter, and another 53 hospitalized.
Editor's note: This article has been updated.