“In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another. We will not give into fear.” —@POTUS
U-S President Barack Obama calls a nightclub shooting in Orlando an “act of terror” and an “act of hate.”
Obama says the F-B-I is investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism and that no effort will be spared to determine whether the shooter was affiliated with terrorist groups.
Obama notes the killer targeted a gay nightclub — adding it’s a reminder an attack on any American is an attack “on all of us.”
In the meantime, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling the attack on a gay nightclub in Florida an act of domestic terror.
Trudeau says he was “shocked and saddened” to learn so many people were killed and injured following the mass shooting in Orlando.
Trudeau says that while authorities are still investigating and not all details have been confirmed, it is “appalling that as many as 50 lives may have been lost to this domestic terror attack targeting the LGBTQ2 community”.
Trudeau says he and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, are offering condolences and prayers to the families and friends of those lost and wish full recovery to those who were injured in the attack.
Trudeau says they stand in solidarity with Orlando and the LGBTQ2 community, grieve with their friends in the United States and Florida.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale wrote on Twitter he is shocked by the mass shooting and that Canadians condemn such violence.
Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted his condolences and announced the city’s Toronto sign would be lit in rainbow colours to honour the victims.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U-S history.
Fifty people are dead and another 53 hospitalized following the massacre at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The shooter — who is among the dead — has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St Lucie, Florida.
Authorities say he was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and what law enforcement only refer to as a suspicious device.
One law enforcement official says the shooter was known to the F-B-I.