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Florida shooting suspect may have ‘leanings’ to Islamic extremism, says FBI

Florida shooting: FBI Investigator said they would be looking into all angles while investigating the attack

florida shooting, orlando shooting, florida nightclub shooting, florida shooting suspect, florida gunman, orlando shooting suspect, orlando gunman, islamic extremism, florida death toll, FBI FBI assistant special agent in charge Ron Hopper, center, answers questions from members of the media after a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Listening are Orlando Police Chief John Mina, left, and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. (Source: AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

A shooting that left about 50 dead and 53 wounded at a Florida gay nightclub earlier on Sunday is being investigated as a terrorist act, officials said.

“Any time we have potentially dozens of victims in our communities, that I think we can qualify that as a terrorist activity. Whether that’s a domestic terrorist or international one is something we’ll get to the bottom of,” said Danny Banks, of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office.

Asked whether there was any reason to believe there was a connection to Islamic terrorism, FBI special agent Ron Harper said investigators would be looking into “all angles.”

“We do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology but we can’t say definitively,” he said.

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First published on: 12-06-2016 at 07:58:08 pm
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