Incident Summary:

06/12/2016: An assailant armed with an assault rifle and a handgun opened fire on customers at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Florida, United States. The assailant then held an unknown number of people hostage inside the nightclub for three hours. At least 49 people were killed and 53 people were injured during the attack before the assailant was killed by police officers, who also rescued 30 hostages. The assailant, identified as Omar Mateen, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Additionally, Mateen stated that he carried out the attack in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Omar Mateen's connection to ISIL could not be confirmed.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Pulse Nightclub
Specific Description Nightclub
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages Unknown
Hours of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A Sig Sauer MCX assault rifle and a Glock 17 handgun were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Edward Sotomayor Jr., Stanley Almodovar III, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, Luis S. Vielma, Kimberly Morris, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, Darryl Roman Burt II, Deonka Deidra Drayton, Alejandro Barrios Martinez, Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, Amanda Alvear, Martin Benitez Torres, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, Mercedez Marisol Flores, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, Oscar A Aracena-Montero, Enrique L. Rios, Jr., Miguel Angel Honorato, Javier Jorge-Reyes, Joel Rayon Paniagua, Jason Benjamin Josaphat, Cory James Connell, Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, Luis Daniel Conde, Shane Evan Tomlinson, Juan Chevez-Martinez, Jerald Arthur Wright, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, Tevin Eugene Crosby, Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, Angel L. Candelario-Padro, Frank Hernandez, Paul Terrell Henry, Antonio Davon Brown, Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, Akyra Monet Murray, and Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 50 Fatalities / 53 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 50
Number of U.S. Fatalities 44
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 53
Number of U.S. Injured 48
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Hispanics shaken by heavy toll at Orlando club massacre," Reuters, June 14, 2016.
"Orlando nightclub shooting: Casualties confirmed," Al Jazeera, June 12, 2016.