Who was the gunman?
The gunman has a name and a face, but neither will be shown in this article. He was a 29-year-old American citizen living in Fort Pierce, Florida. His ex-wife said he was abusive. He remarried with a child. He was born in New York City to parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan.
Was Pulse nightclub a gun free zone?
Yes. Under state law, a person permitted to carry a firearm is not authorized to open or conceal carry a gun in an establishment licensed to serve and devoted to alcohol.
Was there security (or “a good guy with a gun”)?
Yes. The Orlando Police Department said one of its police officers, who was moonlighting at the club, engaged the gunman in an exchange of gunfire shortly after the gunman entered at 2 a.m. But the gunman pushed deeper into the club and the incident escalated into a hostage situation.
What was the gunman’s motive?
Since the gunman is dead, we’ll never really know what exactly motivated him to murder dozens of people in cold blood. The FBI has been tasked with the official investigation and will, at some point, release details about what transpired that will help the public sculpt a pointed conclusion.
Was the gunman gay?
According to details released in news reports, the gunman was conflicted in his views of homosexuality. Details were first mentioned when his father told reporters that his son was angry at the sight of two men kissing. However, details…