U.S. investigators are operating under the theory that the Orlando, Fla., nightclub mass shooting was inspired by Islamic State, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.
The similarities between the November attack on the Bataclan nightclub in Paris and that the shooter appeared to target a gay club Sunday during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan "indicates an ISIS-inspired act of terrorism," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said in a statement.
Intelligence officers are combing through terrorism databases to see if there are any known links between the alleged shooter and a terrorist group, Schiff said. There haven't been signs so far that Islamic State leaders helped orchestrate the plot, he said. "Whether this attack was ISIS-directed remains to be determined," he said.