In the wake of what’s being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations are speaking out to condemn the attack that took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Referencing the Sunday attack that left 50 dead and 53 others wounded, CAIR-Florida's Orlando Regional Coordinator Rasha Mubarak said the following in a statement:
"We condemn this monstrous attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured. The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence."
The shooter, who was subsequently kileld by police, has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida.
The 29-year-old took hostages and opened fire inside Pulse at about 2 a.m. Sunday. While officials have not confirmed Mateen had ties to radical Islamic terrorism, they have "suggestions that individual has leanings towards that,” FBI agent Ronald Hopper said.
Shortly before the attack, Mateen called 911 and referenced the Islamic State, Hopper said.