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in his car. at first, officials inaccurately reported howell said he wanted to harm the l.a. pride festival. turns out the 20-year-old state the he was heading to the an vent, but did not explain why. "early start" continues right now. >> i went to the bathroom and when i came out, the guy was shooting. they shot my nephew. >> the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. 50 people dead. 53 more are injured. when a gunman stormed into an orlando gay club. three hours of terror. the attacker killed by police. he paused briefly to call 911 to tell police he has ties to isis. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans in new
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york. >> i'm john berman live in orlando this morning. it is monday, june 13th. we want to welcome viewers in the united states and all around the world. it was exactly 24 hours ago where this horrifying event came to an end behind me at the pulse nightclub here just after 5:00 a.m. eastern time. the gunman after three hours of terror, he was finally killed. not before 50 other innocent people were killed. 53 more injured. that gunman went into the building pledging allegiance to isis and firing. >> it was one after another after another after another. it could have lasted a whole song. after everybody was out, the shootings were still going. cops were yelling. clear the area. >> people were running everywhere and gunshots were
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going off. people were ducking. you know, people were falling. i hid behind a palm tree, actually. it was going off one after another. >> overnight, fbi agents were at the gunman's home. they still are there. they are trying to sort out and piece together what led to this attack. the deadliest terror attack on u.s. soil since 9/11. the deadliest mass shooting on u.s. soil ever. we are covering every angle of the story this morning. let's start with cnn's boris sanchez. he, too, is here at the huge crime scene across the way a bit. boris, what are you learning? >> reporter: good morning, john. we are getting a clearer picture of the timeline. how this unfolded. a night at orlando's popular club turned into terror. at 2:00 a.m., the gunman had an
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encounter with the security guard. he got past the security guard and it became a hostage situation. a witness heard loud popping and he could not tell if it was music or something worse. he realized it was something nefarious when people around him started falling to the ground. he threw himself on the ground and crawled out of the club. just like him, we are learning of other stories of survival. there is a report of a woman who snuck in the bathroom. she was hiding under the bodies of victims trying to disguise herself so the shooter would not see her. we are learning performers in the club were able to sneak out in air conditioning vents when police officers removed an air conditioner. about 5:00 a.m., all it came to a head when police moved into the club. we were reporting live during the hostage situation.
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we heard a loud explosion followed by a cacaphony of sounds. i want to play that for you. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: you can imagine what that was like for the survivors on the streets and family members trying to find out what happened to their loved ones. it was a chaotic scene. as officers entered the club, the suspect shot one police officer. the police officer survived and they were able to take out the shooter. he was killed shortly after 5:00 a.m. as we learn more about him, we hope to find out more of those killed in the club. the list of names that officials released keeps growing. more than half of the people
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killed, we still don't know their identity. there are families out there in desperate need of information. you cannot imagine the despair they're going through right now. john. >> it has to be incredibly difficult. boris, 24 hours after this came to an end, this is not over for the families of those who were inside the nightclub. it is not over for the community. by that, the city of orlando and the gay community here in this city also. they will be dealing with this for some time. they are strong and will continue to be strong going forward. boris, thank you so much for the reporting. our hearts and minds are truly with the victims here and families of those trying to find out more information about their loved ones. investigators are trying to piece together whatever information they can find about the gunman. they are searching for clues about what led up to this event. any possible connections to isis or other terror groups. he did pledge allegiance to
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isis. authorities are speaking to people who knew him. including his family. they claim he was not particularly religious. his ex-wife who said he had been abusive. she believes he suffered from undiagnosed bipolar. >> emotional instability. sickness. mentally unstable and mentally ill. that's the only explanation i can give. he was obviously disturbed. deeply and traumatized. >> let's get the latest on the investigation right now. let's bring in pamela brown. >> reporter: good morning, john. the gunman, omar mateen had been on the fbi's radar several years ago. in fact, in 2013, the fbi opened an investigation into him after coworkers came to the bureau and said he made inflammatory remarks.
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ultimately the fbi did not find any wrongdoing. the fbi closed that case. then the next year, the fbi interviewed him for a third time in a separate investigation that he was not the subject of. the fbi wanted to see if he had close ties to an american suicide bomber. ultimately the fbi said it didn't find they had substantive relationship. the fbi closed that investigation. after that, essentially the bureau moved on. the big question is whether anything was missed. the bureau has been speaking to family members of the gunman. his ex-wife. what they seem to focus on is the notion he had anti-gay views. recently, the father says he was upset during an incident in miami where he saw two men kissing. it was evident to them that he had anti-gay sentiment. at this point, investigators are looking at the possibility of this being a hybrid of this being a hate crime or targeted
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in the community. we know he made a 911 call where he pledged allegiance to isis. still a lot to uncover in the investigation which is still very early on. back to you. >> pamela brown, thank you. joining me here in orlando to talk about the investigation and the information we know and don't know. cnn law enforcement analyst arthur roderick. art, pamela said he had been on the fbi radar in 2013 and 2014. do you ever completely fall off the radar? they questioned him in 2013. they questioned him again in 2014. do they wipe their hands and never think of them again? >> no, they don't rip up the list. that information is put in the file. because they were quick to come out. if you notice, early on, once he had said his name on the 911 call. they were able to determine, oh,
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yes, we interviewed this individual before. the interviews dealt with 2013 and 2014. they were inconclusive at that point. >> if you follow social media, you see the debate. islamic terror or anti-gay heighate crime? it could be both. >> this looks to be like a hate crime, but he gets on the 911 call and not only pledges allegiance to isis, but also references the tsarnaev brothers. the bombers at the boston marathon. that started a flurry of issues around the country which caused a phone call with major city police chiefs looking to see what they can do with their security because this is gay pride month and they don't want
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this to be a copycat situation. >> they are not concerned about this attack linked to others. they think this man acted alone. they don't believe there is an immediate risk in the city. there is a concern across the country. it is gay pride month and it is also ramadan. just clear on one point. isis hates gays. isis goes out of its way to target gays in their video. this is something that is part of their hatred. >> absolutely. we have seen the videos that occurred in the middle east with them throwing individuals off the roof. horrendous videos. they are not mutually exclusive here. these come together nicely for isis. >> they are going over whatever electronic records they can find right now. they are going through the home
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of the suspect here. >> they want to see who he has been communicating with over the past couple months. what triggered him at this point in time? was this because it was pride month or ramadan or because he was directed by somebody to do this? what triggered him to go out and purchase the weapons a couple weeks ago. within the past couple weeks and drive over here and commit the horrific crime? i think he may have done surveillance to determine that 2:00 a.m. is a good time to go in when the place was packed and loud and it would take a while before anybody would put two and two together. >> reports in the local media that he cased other nightclubs and chose this one. pulse is a popular club here on saturday night here. over 300 people inside that club. one item of curiosity. he went in shooting at 2:00.
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it wasn't until 5:00 that the s.w.a.t. teams went in to take him out. why the pause? >> that is a big question. why the pause? if this was a straight terrorism event and he is pledging allegiance to isis and he believes in the ideology, he would keep shooting until he was taken out himself. at this point, he stopped and called 911 and pledged allegiance to isis. huddled people into two areas of the nightclub and then had some conversation with law enforcement. to me is very unique in this type of situation. >> again, investigators at his home. still very much working this crime scene to find out what they can. art roderick, thank you for being with us. we're talking about the shooter and what he did. our hearts and minds are with the victims here. the names of those would were killed are only starting to trickle out. it is happening slowly.
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fewer than half have been identified. the families are being notified. so far of the 50 people killed, again, about 22 right now, that leaves so many friends and family members still in the dark wondering if their loved ones may be dead or alive or injured. still this entire community is grieving. >> my son hasn't been heard from. so i don't know if he was left in the club. if he got shot. or if he's being worked on here. i don't know. >> i came here to donate blood. hoping nothing happened to him. i just received news from my girlfriend that my friend and her cousin just passed away in this terror attack. that's it. >> information is so important, but always difficult to get it. all right. was this an inspired attack or a
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john berman live in orlando this morning. this morning, law enforcement are examining the electronic devices that belonged to the gunman. they want to determine if he was self radicalized or directed by isis. he pledged loyalty to isis. right now, there is no direct claim of responsibility by isis or any other terror group. cnn's nic robertson is tracking the latest for us from london this morning. so no claim of responsibility from isis yet. some supporters, obviously, glorifying in these horrible events. >> reporter: that is typical of isis supporters.
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they want to do this and resonating for them and potentially, we don't know it at the moment, but potentially here for the attacker that the leader of isis a few weeks ago called for attacks during ramadan. ramadan started last week. he called for a month of hurt in the u.s. and europe. he said the smallest attack that you can do there in their heartland will be bigger than any attack that we can do here. meaning in iraq and syria. there is a call by isis for this. and you certainly get the impression this may not be directed by isis. they may not have told him what to do or when to do it, there is a background or inspirational effort here. when you look. adrenaline fueled event. 20 minutes in, he makes the 911 call and claims connection to isis. this seems to indicate some level of pre-planning. perhaps an indication that he
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hasn't left a message elsewhere saying this is done in the name of isis. why? because he knows he is under the scrutiny of the fbi at least three times before he made himself believe he is watched before. this indicates a degree of planning. that doesn't necessarily mean it was directed. it will be a social media communications connections and conversations he has been having and who he has been talking to in the local community to provide offices with other clues at this stage, john. >> nic robertson for us on the investigation this morning on the connections of how closely isis was involved or was it just an inspiration. nic, thank you. president obama spoke out about the orlando massacre. we will discuss what he had to say. that's next.
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25 minutes past the hour. president obama is calling the nightclub shooting an act of terror and act of hate. in a brief statement to the nation on sunday afternoon, he called it especially heartbreaking for the lgbt community. he called for stricter limits on access to firearms. >> it is still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. as americans, we are united in grief and outrage and in resolve to defend our people. this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any american, regardless of race, ethnicity,
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right now. i don't know if he's still in the club, if he's dead or if here. >> breaking news. 50 people killed 53 people injured in the worst mass shooting in u.s. history. a gunman storms into an orlando nightclub and three hours of terror. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans in new york. >> i'm john berman live in orlando this morning. welcome viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm standing in front of a huge crime scene right now. behind me you can see the pulse nightclub where there are still law enforcement vehicles parked out there. command vehicles working this crime scene trying to uncover whatever they can inside that club. that club is now the site of the worst terror attack on u.s. soil since 9/11. the site of the deadliest mass
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shooting in u.s. history. 50 people killed inside that building. 53 more wounded. one-third of the people in the club, a full one-third either killed or wounded in three hours of sheer terror. >> it was one after another after another. it could have lasted a whole song. after everybody was out, the shootings were still going. the cops were yelling go, clear the area. >> people were running everywhere and, you know, gunshots were going off. people were ducking. you know, people were falling. i hid behind a palm tree actually. it was going off one after another. >> fewer than half of those killed in the nightclub have been identified this morning. we are get new information this morning about the gunman. this as you look at pictures of
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investigators searching his home trying to find out what they can. cnn is covering every angle of this story. i want to start with cnn's boris sanchez who has been here since the beginning as shots were still being fired at the active crime scene. boris. >> reporter: john, we have a clear picture of the timeline. it started at 2:00 on saturday night. latin night. the club was packed with more than 300 people and the gunman trying to get inside and had an encounter with the night security officer. he got inside with an assault rifle and handgun. a witness heard loud popping. he could not tell if it was part of the show or music or if something worse was happening. he realized this was quickly
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turning into a nightmare when people started hitting the ground. he took to the floor and crawled out of the club. he was fortunate to survive. we are hearing other stories of survival this morning. one story about a woman who went into a bathroom and hid beneath the bodies of victims to try to disguise herself from the shooter. we are learning that some of the club performers were able to escape through the air conditioning vent when police removed the vent. we are learning the shooter called 911 and pledged allegiance to isis. he also mentioned the boston marathon bombers. soon after that, communication ceased and right after 5:00 a.m., we heard an explosion and gunfire. i want to play for you what we
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heard. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: orlando police revealed the explosion was a distractionary device they detonated. shortly after that, they break into the club and got 30 or so people out of the room. he did hit one police officer in the helmet. that police officer is lucky to be alive. the shooter himself was taken down shortly after. it was a chaotic scene. massive crime scene with survivors looking for friends and family members trying to find out what happened to their loved ones. as we move forward, the focus on the family members. there are a lot of people out there anxiously awaiting, sadly,
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to hear terrible news about their loved ones. john. >> boris, so many more in the hospitals fighting for their lives. boris, thank you. a couple of pieces of information in the investigation. authorities recovered a third gun in the vehicle of the killer. a revolver. it was found in the car. authorities let families go home in the neighborhood where the suspect lived. they are still searching for clues about what led up to the attac attacks. any connections to terrorist groups or isis. authorities are speaking to the family members of the killer. they claim he wasn't particularly religious. his ex-wife says he was abusive and in her view is he suffered from undiagnosed bipolar disorder. >> emotional instability. mentally unstable and mentally
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ill. that's the only explanation i can give. he was obviously disturbed. deeply and traumatized. >> i want to get the latest on the investigation with brian todd. >> reporter: he was on the fbi radar twice. the fbi says the interviews were inconclusive. the fbi became aware of mateen in 2013 when he made inflammatory comments to co-workers. in 2014, he came to their attention again because ronald hopper said he was in connection with a man who traveled from florida to syria. he received training and traveled back to the united states and back to syria and staged a suicide bombing killing more than 30 people. that attack occurred in may of 2014.
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but he did that on behalf of the al qaeda group. not isis. as we have been reporting, according to officials, omar mateen called 911 and messaged allegiance to isis and he mentioned the boston marathon bombings as well. also a possible motive that we have been reporting. officials have been telling cnn, investigators talked to mateen's family and he expressed anti-gay feelings in the past. he worked for a private security firm for almost nine years. also, we spoke to two people who knew omar mateen at two different schools in the port st. lucie area. martin county high school and spectrum high school in stewart, florida. both said mateen's mental state seemed to change after 9/11. they said that mateen said out
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loud that osama bin laden was his uncle. it is not clear if he was saying it seriously or if anyone took him seriously. he got brush back from his classmate when he said that. another classmate said mateen is not someone to stand out to possibly do something like this. >> brian todd, thank you. joining us in orlando to talk about the discussion. art roderick. former assistant director of the u.s. marshals office. the investigation is still continuing at the pulse nightclub. what are the big unanswered questions to you if. >> the big unanswered question is who is involved? they will try to recreate this individual's life two or three weeks and gather as much information and find out who he is talking to and go and interview all of those
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individuals. get his address book out of his computer. they will talk to every single person he has been in touch with. >> they know he purchased the guns legally in the past two weeks. a third gun in his car, probably legal as well. he was a security guard. he pledged allegiance to isis. they will be looking through the electronic communications to see if he was directed. how long will that take? >> that should not take long at all. the forensics involved in getting in a computer are easy for the bureau and other agencies. there are some encryption issues we heard about especially in the san bernardino shooting. we have not heard if those are involved in this incident. they should know soon and especially when they target the individual and who he has been in contact with and if they had associations overseas. >> one thing they will find is
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if this was sheer exclusively islamic terror or an anti-gay hate crime or both. it could have been both. >> it seems to me it is both. we heard family members come out and say he has hatred to the gay community and i think they will find in some of his social media some connectivity to the isis rhetoric. we will have to see. >> he was investigated in 2013 because he was saying things that made people believe he was loyal to terror groups. that would predate isis a bit. i want to talk about how police handled this. at first contact, he went in shooting at 2:00. it wasn't until 5:00 that the s.w.a.t. team decided to knock down the wall and raid. a three-hour gap. why wait? >> it sounds to me they probably thought the shooting had stopped
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and they could possibly negotiate. it is semantics now. >> they say communication. >> there will be, obviously, they will tear this whole after action report down and look at every minute to minute. they will review it and use it as a training scenario. they will spread it to other law enforcement agencies around the country. >> this did appear different. he did stop as did take hostages and call 911 to pledge allegiance to isis. if there is a template to go in and shoot. >> they like the numbers. as many people as they can take out is what they want to do. in this issue, they had a flurry of shooting and a long pause and a longer pause before they breached and took him out.
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>> art roderick, thank you for being here to help us in what is going in the investigation. fewer than half of those victims have not been identified. scars left in the gay community. scars left in the latino community. that as the investigation continues. they are looking into possible links to isis. was he directed by the terror group? new information is coming up next. ience with usaa is awesome. homeowners insurance life insurance automobile insurance i spent 20 years active duty they still refer to me as "gunnery sergeant" when i call being a usaa member because of my service in the military to pass that on to my kids something that makes me happy my name is roger zapata and i'm a usaa member for life. usaa. we know what it means to serve. get an insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life. ♪ the sun'll come out for people with heart failure,
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there has been no claim of responsibility on any of the online jihadi forums. the big ones that we check in on. isis sympathizers are praising the gunman as an islamic state fighter. cnn's nic robertson is tracking the latest live for us from london. the latest inspired or directed by isis, nic, is critical. >> reporter: this means is there a wider network associad with him or others below the radar having the same communications about a perpetrate acts. what we know in the last few minutes, isis' radio station claimed him as a soldier of the caliphate of america. they are not saying, isis, is not saying they directed him. they are claiming him as one of theirs. they say because he pledged allegiance to isis. this is something that they know
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can be attractive to recruit people to their organization and terror group. this is something that they think will play well among their supporters as well. we also know there was a claim of responsibility from a channel related to isis, but the language that it used in describing gay people is not the same language that isis uses which is majority. that gave less credibility to that particular claim. right now, when you look at this, you do have to see this is someone that in the middle of the adrenaline-fuelled event took time out to call 911 and claim he was pledging allegiance to isis. w he would have known that the fbi had been watching him a couple years previously. this is someone who appears to have gone into this knowing they would claim it in the name of isis. isis, of course, in the past few
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weeks, calling for attacks during ramadan. this is what isis is asking supporters to do, john. >> exactly what isis has been asking supporters to do. nic robertson in london, thank you. president obama is calling the shooting here an act of terror and also an act of hate. he made a brief statement to the nation on sunday afternoon. the president called the shooting especially heartbreaking for the lgbt community. he once again called for stricter limits for access to firearms. >> this is especially a heartbreaking day for our friends and fellow americans who are lesbian and gay and transgender. attacks on any american, regardless of race, ethnicity is an attack on all of us. >> this attack obviously front and center in the u.s.
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presidential campaign. both sides are already weighing in. we will speak to hillary clinton in the 7:00 hour. donald trump will be on shortly after that. we will hear from both presidential candidates. the tony awards, broadways biggest awards honoring the victims here. they changed the show within the last minute with emotional tribute. that's next. be good. text mom. boys have been really good today. send. let's get mark his own cell phone. nice. send. brad could use a new bike. send. [google] message. you decide. they're your kids.
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welcome back. the producers of the tony awards decided to go on with the show last night with last minute adjustme adjustments. nypd tripled security in abundance of caution following the terrorist attacks. james corden opened the show with a tribute to the victims. i want to bring in brian stelter.
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at the last minute, the producers were changing the tone of the show and the content of the show. tell me, how was the tone from james corden and the "hamilton" cast changed their act. >> they usually perform with muskets. they decided not to have them. tv critics said it was more impactful to see what they were not using on stage. this was an unusual, but in some ways, powerful night. this time yesterday, there was talk if the tonys should go on at all. in some ways of this is having the show go on as cbs les moonves said they wanted the show to go on. here is what james corden said at the beginning of the broadcast. >> those affected by this atrocity.
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all we can say is you are not on your own right now. your tragedy is our tragedy. theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal and embraced and is loved. hate will never win. >> now, on the red carpet and across the red carpet at the theater in new york, many people were wearing ribbons for the victims. and michael bloomberg's group came out to show they were visible in the hours. they were wearing orange for orlando. they wanted to be visible with the fans there to see the broadway stars. >> it is a struggle when you see something like this. a horrible event dominants the news and the psyche. the show went on with a different tone. brian, thank you. the worst mass shooting in american history. "new day" picks up the story.
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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. good morning, everyone. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and aird t around the world. this is "new day." we are live from orlando, florida. a shooting that took place here at a popular nightclub. the lives of 50 lives cut short. they're beginning to emerge. 53 other people wounded here. so many questions about the terrorists who carried out this senseless attack. investigators confirm he was known to the fbi, and he pledged his allegiance to isis in a call to police during the massacre. >> all right. now, we are learning more at this goes on, as it is in all of these situations, some early information changes. numbers will change, but certain images remain the same. one that really brings it home, investigators walking the scene, reporting hearing cell phone after cell phone going off
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inside. families, loved ones, desperate to reach those trapped there. desperate for that voice on the other side and in too many cases it never karvver came. it's a time for leadership, and we have on "new day" this morning, hillary clinton and donald trump joining us live to say what this means and what needs to be done. let's begin our coverage with cnn boris sanchez. boris? >> reporter: chris, good morning to you. you know, this was supposed to be a fun night. this started out as being latin night at one of orlando's most popular gay nightclubs. people having fun, socializing and dancing. at 2:00 a.m., all of it changed. now 24 hours later we're getting a picture of sheer terror. a massive investigation into the
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terrorists responsible for carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in american history. [ gunfire ] inside the popular gay nightclub, chaos as clubgoers were confused by the sounds they heard. >> at first it sounded like it was part of the show. once people started screaming and shots kept ranking out, you know it's not a show anymore. >> reporter: omar mateen carried out the massacre. storming the building to rescue hostages. >> we had 11 police officers that exchanged gunfire with the suspect and killed him. >> reporter: according to one u.s. official, mateen called 911 during the attack pledges his allegiance to isis and mentioning the boston marathon bombers. police say the 29-year-old gunman drove a rented car from his home in

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