13 June 2016
Numerous mentions, ranging from online community to seats in the White House have been reeling in ever since the devastating shooting in Orlando, U.S. on Sunday.
The incident which occurred at a gay nightclub claimed the lives of 50 people and left less than 53 injured.
President Barack Obama in a brief issued at the White House said Americans were bonded in grief, outrage and the “resolve to defend our people.”
He stated further about the attack that the attack was an obvious “act of terror and an act of hate.”
He tagged the incident the “worst mass shooting in U.S. history”. He has since ordered that American flags be taken down to half-staff in honour of victims of the attack.
Also, Vice President Joe Biden in a statement issued through his spokesman “offered his prayers for all those killed and injured in the shooting and sends his condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims”.
In the same veing Hillary Clinton, U.S. presidential candidate, voiced her sadness about the attack, stating that it was a tragedy that required a serious response.
The Congressional LGBT Equality group also issued a statement saying they were “horrified by the tragic shooting”.
Seddique Mateen, father of the attacker, Omar Mateen, said he did not know his son had a “grudge in his heart”.
He had earlier said his son was angered after seeing two men kissing in Miami.
“I don’t know what caused it,” he said. “I never figured out that he had a grudge in his heart….I am grief-stricken.”