Obama says no signs Orlando shooter was part of larger plot

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FORT PIERCE, FL - JUNE 12: A Bomb Disposal Unit checks for explosives around the apartment building where shooting suspect Omar Mateen is believed to have lived on June 12, 2016 in Fort Pierce, Florida. The mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida killed at least 50 people and injured 53 others in what is the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there’s no clear evidence that the shooter at an Orlando nightclub was directed to conduct his attack or part of a larger plot.

He says it appears the shooter was inspired by extremist information disseminated over the internet.

Obama says the investigation is at the preliminary stages and is being treated as a terrorism investigation. He says the attack appears to be similar to last year’s shooting spree in San Bernardino, California.

The president says investigators are still looking into the motivations of the shooter, including the fact that the shooting took place at a gay venue.

Obama spoke in the Oval Office after getting briefed on the investigation by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other officials.

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  • Andrew

    Nice backtrack, Obama. First he was a terrorist, now he is a loner. Next thing you know he will be “mentally ill”. Oh wait, we can’t actually go that far because that would require action that would cost money and be politically unpopular.

    Fourteen of these incidents in the last eight years. Fourteen speeches by our nation’s leader. And the single common thread which runs betwen all 14 of them (and every mass murder in our history) remains unmentioned and unaddressed. We have such a high rate of these incidents compared to other countries because we are one of the few countries which allows dangerous lunatics to run around in public completely unmedicated and unsupervised. We don’t even know how many there are, let alone who they are and what they are doing at any particular time. Every single mass murder that has occurred in this country in the last 100 years at least has been committed by an insane person. Yes, some of those people have been religious fanatics, but not all. Some of those people used guns, but not all. Some of those people have been homosexual, but not all. Some of those people had a particular beef with the nation’s political policies, but not all. The only thing they all had in common was that they were incapable of rational thought and prone to violent behavior.

    But you won’t hear that out of Obama’s mouth, despite it being a verified statistical fact. He will never admit it to be true. And that makes him part of the problem.

  • Gonk

    The larger plot is a clear and simple instruction directed by Mohammad to his followers in the Quran 1400 years ago, which is still being taught today. Look it up and read it for yourself. It is called the fundamental Islamic movement and is bigger than ISIS. These are people who take the fundamental teachings of Mohammad as the word of god and do what he/it says. In this case, the bad guy was killing homosexuals, just as his “good” book and teachers were telling him. Good grief, Obama… talk about not seeing the forest from the trees. His ideology is terrifying.

  • Hateu

    All Muslims are quietly cheering this courageous martyr… In public they will say this is not Islam , while in their heads they are laughing .