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Florida gunman identified as Omar Mateen, US citizen of Afghan descent

Omar Mateen has been identified as a US citizen of Afghan descent

florida shooting, florida shooting news, florida gunman, florida shooter, orlando gunman, orlando shooter, pulse club shooting, Omar Mateen Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse nightclub, where people were killed by a gunman, in Orlando, Florida, U.S June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

The gunman behind a mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida has been identified as an citizen of Afghan descent, US television networks reported on Sunday.

Quoting law enforcement sources, CBS News named the shooter as Omar Mateen, who was born to Afghan parents in 1986 and lives in Port St Lucie, Florida.

The network reported that Mateen – who died in a shootout with police after the hostage siege – has no apparent criminal history and that authorities are investigating whether he had ties to Islamic extremism.

Police have yet to officially identify the gunman.

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First published on: 12-06-2016 at 08:27:48 pm
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