Omar Mateen Identified as Gunman in Orlando Nightclub Shooting
The gunman who shot and killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens more early this morning has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29.
Rep. Alan Grayson said during a Sunday morning press conference that Mateen lived in Florida and was a U.S. citizen, born in the U.S. to parents of Afghan origin.
Mateen was killed in a gun battle with officers around 5 a.m., officials said.
"More likely than not that it was an ideologically motivated attack," Grayson said. "It's not a coincidence the attack took place where it did and when it did."
“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said earlier this morning at a news conference, noting that Mateen had an “assault-type” weapon and a handgun.
The shooting in Orlando at Pulse, which bills itself as "the hottest gay bar" in the city and was packed with more than 300 people, was reported minutes after 2 a.m. Sunday. In addition to those killed inside the club, at least 53 people were taken to area hospitals. Dozens of party-goers remained hostages in the club for several hours after the initial shooting, prompting SWAT teams to rush inside. Shortly after 6 a.m. local time, Orlando police tweeted that the gunman had been killed.
Watch a news conference with law enforcement and local officials below.