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Forty-nine people are dead and at least 53 injured in the deadliest shooting in American history after Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen, opened fire and took hostages inside the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

What we know:

  • All 49 victims who were killed at Pulse on Sunday have now been identified. You can read their stories here.
  • Mateen made a series of Facebook posts before and during his attack raging against the "filthy ways of the West," according to a Senate committee letter.
  • President Obama met with victims' families in Orlando.
  • Investigators are focusing on the question of how much Mateen's current wife, Noor Zahi Salman, knew about his plans before the attack. She could face federal charges if she knew the attack was going to occur but failed to alert authorities.
  • Gunman Omar Mateen had used a gay dating app in the year before the shooting, and had visited Pulse several times before.
  • Follow coverage from the Orlando Sentinel and see a timeline of how the shooting unfolded.

Orlando gunman identified as Omar Mateen

The gunman has been preliminarily identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

The gunman -- who investigators said may have had radical Islamic leanings -- was killed by a SWAT team after taking hostages at Pulse.

The "lone wolf" gunman was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and an unspecified "device," said Orlando-area officials, who did not elaborate on why they suspected he may have been a radical Islamist.

"It appears he was organized and well-prepared," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said, adding that the gunman was not from the Orlando area.


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