The latest on Orlando gay club mass shooting

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 00:00

As the world continues to react to the worse mass killing the US has seen in recent history, here are some of the latest reports from around the world on the issue.


Gunman Omar Mateen was "laughing frantically" as he killed several victims hiding in a bathroom stall, according to a Sanford pastor who is friends with one of the survivors.

“He was laughing frantically,” Deyni Ventura, a friend of the mother of the survivor, told the Guardian among other media outlets, “as he was spraying people with his gun.”


Landmarks around the world, from One World Trade in New York and Los Angeles City Hall to the Story Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, and City Hall in Tel Aviv have been lit up in rainbow colors to commemorate victims of the shooting, while New York’s Empire State Building went dark “in sympathy for the victims of last night’s attack,” as announced on Twitter. The Eiffel Tower has announced plans to follow suit on June 13. 


Hundreds of people surrounded Manchester’s Gay Village in honour of those killed in the barbaric Orlando massacre.

Gunman Omar Mateen shot dead 49 people and injured 53 others in the horrific assault on the gay nightclub Pulse, in Florida, before dying in a gunfight with Swat officers.

Here in Manchester, bustling Canal Street came to a standstill on Monday evening as hundreds lined the streets and held hands to create a circle around the entire village.


One of the Orlando massacre victims filmed the moment gunshots rang out as terrorist Omar Mateen carried out his massacre in Pulse nightclub on Sunday. 

Amanda Alvear, 25, shared the footage with friends on Snapchat. 

During the night she had posted a series of upbeat videos that showed her friends dancing to Latin music. 

But in the final clip on her profile, the night turns into a horror scene. Amanda tries to explain to the camera what is happening as quickfire gunshots blast in the background. 


Vigils have been held tonight to remember the 49 dead and at least 53 wounded after the shootings in an Orlando gay club.

Thousands of people gathered at Soho's Old Compton Street to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community this evening.

They held a minute's silence which was broken as organisers rang bells and let off 49 silver balloons to symbolise the dead.

People draped in rainbow flags and holding banners packed into the area as a choir sang Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.


The father of Orlando gay club shooter Omar Mateen posted a video online Monday sharing his own anti-gay views – but he later ripped his son, saying he wouldn’t “miss anything about him” and calling the massacre “the act of a terrorist.”

“What he did was against humanity,” Seddique Mateen told reporters at his Port St. Lucie, Fla. home.

“I apologize for what my son did. I am as sad and mad as you guys are,” the father added.