The FBI asked Wednesday for the public’s help to learn more about the movements of Omar Mateen prior to his shooting rampage Sunday at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that left 49 people dead.
“We need your help in developing a picture of what the shooter did and why he did it,” said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the Bureau’s Tampa Field Office.
During an afternoon press briefing in Orlando with local law enforcement partners, Hopper urged anyone with information, no matter how small, to call the FBI or submit a tip online.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump, the presumptive Presidential nominee of the Republican Party, has demanded President Obama’s resignation over the Orlando shooting incident.
Reports reveal that the gunman, identified as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, shouted “Allahu Akbar” slogans during the shooting and pledged allegiance to ISIS terror group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Although Omar Mateen’s links with ISIS are not yet confirmed, ISIS media messages suggest that America is the enemy No. 1 for the terror group.
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A “Seeking Information” poster regarding the deceased shooter is available on the FBI’s website. Anyone who has had contact with the shooter, either in person or online, is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, submit a tip online, or call a local FBI office.
“The FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance and its experienced Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team is working together with the city of Orlando and federal, state, and community agencies to provide resources and support to victims, next of kin, and loved ones,” Hopper said.
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