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 fort peairs to carry
this out. he caled a smith & wesson. the atf says mateen legally purchased the weapons used in the attack within the past week or so. mateen had a permit to carry the weapon because of his work of being a security guard. >> seemed professional to me. >> as a security guard, dressed as a security guard? >> oh, yeah. gun and everything. >> reporter: he was known to the fbi suspected to be an isis sympathizer but found in evidence in 2013 and 2014 as direct links to the terror group. a man that worked with him in 2014 is wishing investigators had done more iblg. >> i saw it coming. he said he was going to kill a whoa bunch of people. >> reporter: mateen worshipped here just two days before the attack saying that he kept to himself and saw no indication that mateen would do something so violent. >> we don't recall any friend of
him in this mosque as he would not socialize with anybody. >> reporter: when it was all over, at least 50 people were killed inside pulse nightclub, more than 50 others wounded. a community torn apart, now coming together with hundreding coming to donate blood for those injured in the horrific attack. and alisyn, it's really whether or not to point out that the despair some families are going through, fewer than half of the numbers have been notified about their loved ones. likely to get confirmation of their worst fears today. >> boris, thank you. thank you for all of that reporting. well, investigators are poring through all of the terrorists electronic activity and devices and they're going his home to look for signs that he became self-radicalized. the gunman had been on the fbi's radar before, suspected of some sort of radical or extremist
ties. cnn justice correspondent evan peai parris is live in washington. what have you learned? >> reporter: fbi are looking for connections between omarisis. they say they made a 911 call during the attack pledging to isis. the fbi interviewed mateen twice in 2013 after co-workers reported he made statements about isis and connections to a man who carried out a suicide bomb in syria for al qaeda. both times the fbi says it didn't find enough evidence to continue looking into mateen, and he was not under investigation when he drove two hours from his home on florida's east coast to carry out the attack in orlando this weekend. investigators are now going back to a previous investigation of the suicide bomber to see if there were deeper ties that
somehow alluded investigators. alisyn and chris? >> all right. evan, thank you very much. we'll check in with you in a little bit. there's a lot of confusion over what the fbi knew about this man, and what that enabled him to do. >> right. >> and not do, frankly. where the weapons were involved and following up on him later on. we'll take that on. right now let's bring in orlando the police commissioner patty sheehan who has intimate knowledge of this community and its reaction and also nick hornsteen who witnessed the immediate aftermath of the shooting and heard the barrage of gunfire inside the pulse nightclub. nick, we know this has been a very long night. thank you for joining us. if you could, just give us a sense of how the night changed? it goes from late at night to midnight to 1:00 in the morning, 2:00 in the morning, that's when the pulse closes. then what? >> so when the gunfire rang out i was asleep in my friend's
apartment, and awakened from the gunfire from the original shooter. >> and, nick what did you do then? this is, i think, your video. so you're looking out the window, and -- we can hear -- your video allows us to hear the barrage of gunfire. tell us what were doing and seeing? >> at that point i'd been awake for a bit. i got up, looked out the window and you could just see chaos, people running, screaming, trying to find their loved ones and friends n. that video was around 5:00, when the standoff was ended by s.w.a.t. team. >> interesting. because that's the diversionary tactic -- you know when they threw in the police, the s.w.a.t. team, threw in the explosive to make it sound sort of like those fireworks. that's what he caught on tape. >> so you have what was going on, this present sense impression. there are a lot of questions about why this happened, what the response was, and then you have what is the impact.
to know that your community has just suffered something like this is horrible. any way you look at it, but now to understand the scale of it, that this is the deadliest shooting that we've had in history, how is that hitting the community in these hours after the event? >> that was my first, i'd say, please, let us just not be the top. i don't want to be the number one fatality, and it ended up being that is what happened. i'm horrified by that. we don't want to be on that list for orlando, but i have to tell you, my community is really coming together on this. the glbc community center has been doing grief counseling, all day yesterday, they'll be open all day today again. i just want to caution people, though, be careful about where you donate money. there's a lot of scams going on. make sure it's a proper 501-c3. a lot of unscrupulous people who take advantage of these
situatio situations. >> what are you hearing about these, terror, this was a specific target. why he picked this nightclub and orlando, we'll figure that out or not, but how it the community feeling about knowing that he wanted them? >> well, i was distressed when they said this didn't really affect the gay community. of course it did. people said, this affects us all. the bottom line, this is targeted towards the gay community. this is a very diverse area. i'm proud to represent this area. this is main street area, an active main street area and this was latin night. so many were hispanic. a hispanic festival and latin night in conjunction with that. >> and this club was significant. we should tell people, you are the first gay elected official of his area. you know the pulse nightclub. >> i know the owners of this club. >> it's more than just a
nightclub. >> absolutely. they always open their club up to political -- trying to get people active on things, they're just great people and very supportive of this community, and it's a tremendous loss, and, you know, that was the first thing. where's barbara? i was so worried about my friend who owns the club. she's okay. >> a lot of that has been going through the community, right? >> exactly. >> because orlando is a big city, but this is a tight community. >> we are. >> and people knew who was there that night, and this went on for a long time. and, again, there are forensic questions investigative questions that go along with how long the duration was at this and also gave people a long time to process and reach out. what kind of stories are you hearing? >> well, i heard a story from a young man in the club that didn't want to talk to police. i don't know what that's about, but he said that he was there, and the guy was there all night. i'm hearing conflicting reports that he was there, then came in, and what was happening, but he said that he got out, and that it was horrifying, that there
was -- it was just blood and a very awful scene, and -- i mean, i was walking around yesterday, and you could just see the blood on the sidewalk. you could tell where people had been dragged. it's just gruesome. >> this wasn't just the deadliest. it was an unusual set of circumstances. you had 300, 350 people inside. >> yes. >> one-third of them wound up being either killed or injured, and many of them seriously. as the reporting will reflect this morning, this isn't over for a lot of people still in the hospital. >> no. and people still don't know where their loved ones are at. it's very difficult, on a crime scene of this degree, everything has to be cleared. i don't know if they've got anybody out, everybody out yet, but it takes a long time to process a scene of this degree and i know that the families are just trying to get information. the center will be open again at 8:00 a.m., and we will have resources there for them. but, again, it's trying to respond to something of this
magnitude. we've never had anything like this before in orlando. >> look at the ages of some of these people. >> oh, they were kids. >> in their 20s, 21. >> young kids that went out. but for the grace of god there go i. i'maliti alitie little older no used to go to this club all the time. >> something everybody can relate to. with friends, having a great night, dancing, and then -- >> some of the kids at first thought it was the bass. the gunfire, thought it was the bass. it took a while for them to realize what was happening. >> is nick still with us? nick, tell us what happened? as you were shooting all of that video, what did you think was happening out your window and how soon before they would let you go back out into the street? >> we didn't -- you know, we had no information from the police. just they told us, stay inside. stay up there. so we didn't know, you know, the scope and the gravity of the situation that was going on inside pulse. we just knew there was an active shooter with hostages at that
time, and we weren't allowed to leave the apartment until about 11:00, 11:30 the next afternoon, and they still had, and still have, an active crime scene investigation going on down there. >> patty what do you do to put your parms around the community? the situation like this is horrible to endure. >> yes. >> ordinarily it would be all of orlando saying, hey, we're all in that nightclub last night. everybody knows somebody, loves somebody. >> yes. >> works with somebody who was there. again, because this was a gay club, and this man as deranged or as maddened or as sympathetic to hate as he may have been, wanted it to be gay people that he attacked. >> yes. and i have to tell you, my community is really coming together. i mean, they lifted the ban on gay men giving blood yesterday. really? is this what it took? is this what it took? they've been able to test for hiv in the blood system for years and this is what it took to allow gay men to finally be
able to give blood and they lined up -- there were 1,500 people in line. >> the lines, we want to show that this morning also, because it is -- those names of those who were killed are young. the people in line yesterday were young. and it was the gay community, it was the straight community, it was whoever you identify with, they came out in droves. what do you think that means to the gay community to know that? >> i think it means and shows that terror is not going to strike at the heart of this city. that we are coming together and love to combat hatred, and we are a strong community, and we are going to continue to work together and show our support. the one thing i'm cautioning the community about is people wanting to have a vigil right away. it was it a small vigil last night. we're trying to discourage that, because we actually had to take resources and officers from the scene to go to the lake for that small vigil. again. i want the officers to be here on-scene, not having to worry about protecting people off-site. we still have victims inside.
we don't want to spread these resources even thinner than they are. >> you want everyone to be safe. >> i want everyone to be safe. >> patty sheehan, thank you so much. we know how this is affecting you and your community. nick, thank you very much for sharing your video and story with us. one note, at 7:00 a.m. eastern, less than an hour from now, the fbi will hold a press conference. we'll take that live. obviously, there are so many questions about what the fbi knew about this shooter what they asked him in their two intervups with them and why then he was able to drop off their radar. we'll get to that. meanwhile, investigators tell us this terrorist was different than most. he negotiated with the officers. while this was happening. >> on a 911 call. it's not something we are used to seeing on a lot of aspects like this with the man on your screen right now. we try to give no unnecessary attention to the people who commit these kinds of murders, but there are differences here that hopefully will be a window into what was done surrounding this man and what can be done differently the next time.
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victimized, how they were victimized, and then it becomes, who did this? the 29-year-old murderer behind these shootings in the club behind us a gay club in orlando, and that matters too. we know his name and we know more importantly that he was no stranger not just to authorities but the fbi, not one case, but two. there are peculiarities here. what happens that night in the club but also before. this was someone who worked as a security guard, worked there nine year, vetted at a place call global security firm. let's discuss the dynamics of this investigation and what makes it different because of these details? we have cnn terrorism analyst paul crookshank and counterterrorism analyst phil mudd and cnn chief national security correspondent jim sciutto, and sadly, the last time this team was together, you, me and these guys, was in paris. when you look at this jim, the
bataclan, of course, the concert lal , the largest and deadliest attack there. what do you see here? >> in terms of the target, in addition to being a gay club, we know gays have been a target of isis in the past. they throw videos of isis throwing these individuals off a bridge. they attached himself to isil. made a pledge of allegiance. whether he contact with isis central, we don't know, and we don't need to. this is an attack anytime, anywhere, read our stuff online, go where you can go. the pledge to isis that is an isis thing. we saw it in garland, texas, and in san bernardino. when you carry out these attacks, pledge your allegiance to us. that's what they ask their
supporters to do. >> paul crookshank what have we learned about his ties to terrorists? >> well, we haven't learned a great deal about ties to any organized terrorist groups. no evidence so far that he had any organizational ties to isis or that he was even in communication with isis operatives in syria and iraq. all indications at this point is this was an isis-inspired attack, and isis have encouraged their followers in the united states to launch a surge in terrorism during the month of ramadan which started just about a week ago asking supporters to launch attacks anywhere, anyhow in the united states against just about any body. they see this as a big success on their radio station in syria and iraq in the last few minutes. they called this individual a fighter, a soldier of the caliphate and they have not said
that they had any direct relationship with him, however. so that is something that invest baiters will be looking at at this point. >> phil, when you look at this situation and, again, the analogy to the concert hall in paris, the bataclan what do you see that's worthy of analysis? >> i'm only half way there. in terms of targets, makes sense. two targets that represent western culture, whether a gay or rock club. from investigative, they look totally dissimilar. paris, looking at conspiracy. communication among people, live in the same place, talk to each other by phone and e-mail, traveling. all of those of digital trails to determine what they're up to and their state of mind. what are they talking about on e-mail? >> and outside the concert hall telling them what to do inside. >> but the case -- >> it doesn't both work for them? right? central control, trained,
infiltrate toes ghough guys as paris, if they can radicalize a guy online, they get the same result. this is isis, to get both that way. >> and even the 911 call. was he in the right mind to give intelligent direction why he was doing this or someone who is, what his ex-wife said he was, someone who had an undiagnosed mental problem and deranged hatred of gays? >> a couple of characteristics to look at. one, professed allegiance to isis and second, mental state. mass murderers since 1980, a lot were found not guilty by reason of insanity. in these cases of counterterrorism, often we blow through the question, what was his mental state when he went into that club and was he capable of making a choice about killing people for a political purpose? i'm not sure. >> jim, this went on for an unimaginable three hours. the first shots, 2:00 a.m., and
then for three hours there were people who were cowered, texting out, and at 5:00 a.m., it ended. is that, in terms of the s.w.a.t. team going in, what's the rules after paris? do they wait? >> a hard question. none of us likes to jump on law enforcement in a situation like this. a horrible situation with a lot of questions and there was apparently some sort of communication underway, which might give a hope that you could get in there and save -- talking to the -- the shooter. but we also know that the new guidance for law enforcement in situations like this is, if you can, don't wait. because particularly once he's made a pledge to isis, you know this is a certain kind of person who, one, wants to kill a lot of people, and two, doesn't mind if he dies. we heb this after bataclan, criticism across the pond saying, listen, we've learned to go in. don't wait. questions how long french police
waited to go into the bataclan. that's a question. we don't know the answer but center a question as they go to the post-mortem on this. >> the lethality of it. the deadliest shooting in american history, the most lives taken under the guise of terror as murder since 9/11, but what does it mean in terms of the analysis, how many people were killed here? what does that mean in terms of looking how it develops a threat going forward? >> well, there's great concern moving forward about the fact that there is easy access to guns in the united states. much easier access than in just about any other western country. there are also is a significant amount of radical in the united states. sure, fewer than in europe, but the fbi has 1,000 cases they're actively investigating. these are the most radical which they believe have some propensity to carry out some
sort of terrorism in the united states. al qaeda a few years ago told its followers exploit, get guns at gun shows and launch the biggest attack you can. we saw in the bataclan with 90 killed there and, again, a hostage siege lasting a few hours, just how deadly guns can be. in europe they managed to get them quite easily on the black market, but it's even easier to get guns in the united states. both isis and al qaeda want their supporters in the united states to take advantage of this fact, and there will be many more days like the one we just saw. >> and paul, as you know and we all know here, there are a lot of questions about the weapon and about what the laws are and what the investigations did and did not do in terms of enabling federal authorities to monitor this guy. we're going to get to all of that. gentlemen, thank you for being with us early this morning and coming often. we're going to talk to two presumptive presidential candidates.
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as the fbi investigates the motives and any possible ties to terrorism here, there is a clearer picture emerging of the chaos that unfolded inside and outside of the nightclub behind me. from the very first shots fired to the scramble to save lives. >> i still think that i'm going to, like, wake up and everything is going to be normal, but it's not. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: two minutes after 2:00 a.m. on sunday, shots rang out at pulse, the popular gay nightclub in orlando. >> it was just one after another after in our after another, and it could have last add whole song. >> reporter: some clubgoers thought the sounds were part of
the music. >> once people started screaming and shots kept ranking out, you know that it's not a show anymore. >> reporter: the club packed with more than 300 patrons when the terrorist opened fire. eyewitnesses describe the horror and chaos. >> he was turning around to grab alcohol. he got shot three times. he heard chaos, heard consistent semiautomatic shooting and said it would not stop. >> reporter: some able to escape by running out the back. >> we had jumped through the back patio fence. my roommates ran and while we were running i heard the gunshots. >> reporter: others like eddie justice sent chilling texts to his mother begging for help. he's coming. i'm going to die. police confirming this morning that justice is among the dead. >> shooting back and forth. >> reporter: seven minutes into the attack, club management posted this message on facebook. everyone, get out of pulse, and keep running. >> then about 2:12 i got a phone call from my daughter saying she was hit and bleeding in her arm and was going to pass out.
>> reporter: 20 minutes into the carna carnage, a 911 call. with dozens of club members still in the club, police began negotiating with the terrorist leading to a tense three-hour standoff. >> they started, like, doing this, crawling. so there's no place to be safe in that place. >> reporter: one survivor hiding in the bathroom covered herself with dead bodies. around 5:00 a.m., police make the decision to storm the club with an armed vehicle and s.w.a.t. team members in hopes of saving lives. [ gunfire ] one of the officers lucky to be alive because of his kevlar helmet. the terrorist killed inside by police. >> my son hasn't been heard from. so i don't know if he was left
in the club. if he got shot. >> find fout your son's okay, it's horrible. i don't wish this on anybody. >> for all of this appetite to get to the big questions about who this was and what does the investigation yield, you have to remember, this is just beginning. those parents you just saw on your screen, there are so many like them. there's so much unknown about who was killed inside. who's in the hospitals right now? families and loved ones are racing around to figure out if, where are the people they're still looking for? so right now we want to get to not just remembers the dead but also all of the open questions about who was hurt and where are they? cnn's victor blackwell is live now at orlando regional medical center where some of the injured are being treated, and as you know, victor, there's so many open questions about where is my son? where is my daughter? where is my friend? >> reporter: yes, chris, we've discussed this in the context as
being the deadliest mass shooting in history, but we also have to look at this in the context of this being more nan 100 different individual tragedies. 53 injured, many brought here to orlando regional medical center, and then 50 killed, and the city of orlando started to release some of those names. 22 of the names of those killed, almost half now, have been released, and we're starting to see faces. the faces of 23-year-old stanley almodovar, amanda, 25. enrique rios, 25 years old. starting to see some of the faces and hear their stories. now, florida governor rick scott called this attack on our nation and many agray with that and the nation responded with vigils in miami, chicago, atlanta, san francisco, denver, even in front of the white house, and outside of the u.s. borders as far away as melbourne, australia, the world standing in solidarity with orlando.
of course, vigils here in orlando. also we saw in this city a call made to help the victims of this tragedy still fighting for their lives with blood donations. hundreds of people in some estimates according to some estimates, more than 1,000 people stood in line to donate blood. now, let me give you context. it was 94 degrees in orlando yesterday. heat index of 98. so what did the business doss? well, secondary, tertiary expressions, came out with water and food. alisyn, spoke with officials here at the medical center and they say they have not yet planned a news conference but hope to offer clarity later this morning by releasing the conditions of those still here and if any of those 53 people brought to this area, to these hospitals, have yet been released. alisyn? >> okay. victor. we know you'll bring us all the updates soon as you have them from there. thank you for that. at the same time news was
breaking about the attack here there was another chilling arrest. this indiana man was arrested on his way to the gay pride festival in los angeles. he's facing weapons and explosive charges. police say that suspect had an arsenaled in his car, and investigators are trying to figure out what his motives may have been. live in los angeles, we have more. what have you learned? >> reporter: a very alarming timing, because it was, as you pointed out, alisyn, just hours after the orlando shooting was unfolding. they got a call of a prowler and stopped a man inside his acura. they found three assault rifles, high-powered ammunition a rifle scope, a gas canister a black vest with a security badge and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals capable of making a bomb. so police officers certainly very concerned, especially when he said where he was heading. he said he was going to head to the gay pride festival. the parade happening on sunday
morning. at this point they do not have a motive for him and he has a p perplexing profile. he has a criminal history involving a lover's quarrel with his male boyfriend where he brandished a weapon threatening that boyfriend. police still foworking on the investigation and very dubious timing. chris? >> thank you very much. obviously, as you say there at the end, dubious timing. right now investigators say no connection to what happened here in orlando, but it's still very early. they don't even know who was inside let alone what the connections are. so in the wake of what happened here in the club behind us, there are a lot of questions about what do you do in the face of terrorism? before to stop lone wolves, to stop people thinking about it, and then once you are in the moment? there a lot of sensitivity about calling these attackers islamist
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police say the orlando terrorist pledged allegiance to isis, and referenced the boston marathon bombers in a 911 call during the massacre. did he become self-radicalized, and what warning signs were missed? joining us now, a fellow at the institute for social policy and understanding, and senior correspondent for religion
dispatches dot org. thank you for being here. what's the feeling in the muslim community after something like this happens? >> you get everything you hear with anyone else who's in america in florida, anger, frustration, fear, but i think there's a deeper sense for a lot of muslims, of failure, that we've spent a lot of time and a lot of energy trying to fight this ideology and then one guy comes along and does something horrific, and despicable, and then sets the narrative back, and that's the frustration we're really feeling. >> you said you spent a lot of time and energy fighting it. you've certainly talked about it a lot, but there is a helplessness a helpless feeling all of us feel. in the muslim community is there more that can be done to weed out or fight this extremism? >> sure. i think there's a few thing. one, look at any community. it's a group of people and there are leaders, shapers, movers, thinkers, they move them in one way or another. the anti-semitism and racism,
you push people. the people on the edge, they fall off. the shooter, his father mentioned he saw two men kissing in miami and that set him off. realistically, obviously a lot of things happened before that to get him to a point where he was considering this kind of mass murder. i think a lot of the concern is how do we shift that conversation to a point where we don't have people falling off the edge. >> there are reports he began going to his mosque more regularly, began going three or four times. he was solitary, would say the alone, became antisocial. in his mosque two days before this happened. are these warning signs? things imams are missing? something they should do in terms of outreach? >> actually the warning signs, a history of violence and abuse. his own family members seemed to think he wasn't exactly the greatest person in the world, and that, to me is obviously a sign of concern. people who do radicalize, convert to isis islam, might be involved in islam but never
involved in muslim communities and never share their plans. which is part of the frustration. how do you know the person you're sitting next to in a mosque might have these kinds of intentions. >> you're looking for solutions. just talking about it is starting to feel not only old just sort of impotent. so what is the answer here from where you stand? >> well, i mean, obviously, something absolutely terrible happened yesterday and we're focused and that and shouldn't forget we're actually defeating isis. they're losing territory. the full force of fighters have gone down markedly. >> that doesn't seem to matter when they can kill 50 people here. as long as you have a lone wolf it doesn't matter that their territory is being reduced. >> sure. you have to defeat the ideology. it's a slow process. we didn't get here overnight and unfortunately aren't going to get to that point either. when you have these kind of warning signs, we mentioned the story about the man in indiana. how are people able to amass
this quantity of weaponry when there are already warnings. that should be a part of the conversation along with recruit innocent and other things. >> also you believe there needs to be more money invested from the muslim community into what? >> changing the mind-set. majority of condemn this but don't actually build institutions to change the narrative on the ground. i would like to see programs for young muslims, especially men at a vulnerable age, involving them in something empowering and connected to do something powerful for the wider world, whether here or internationally, to change the narrative and take extreme off extremist narrative. >> are those programs being talked about. >> after events like this, people are realizing the conversation needs to be had. in the last 24 hours i've listened to extremism, phobias, might not see it, but they're
happening and an important move in the right direction. >> thank you for the information. we appreciate you being here. ahead, we are awaiting a live news conference from the fbi. they'll give an update on the investigation in less than an hour. also, how the tony award producers decided the show must go on last night and how they paid tribute to the victims of this orlando terror attack. >> -- it's a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, embraces and is loved. hate will never win. terrible at golf for as long as i can. new patented ensure enlive has hmb plus 20 grams of protein to help rebuild muscle. for the strength and energy to do what you love. new ensure enlive. always be you.
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hope james corden opening last night's show with a message of solidarity for orlando. in the great broadway tradition, the show did go on and it was dedicated to those impacted by this mass shooting. we want to bring in cnn's senior media correspondent brian stelter in the house last night and joins us now. brian, was there thought they would cancel the show or postpone it or that was never considered? >> reporter: there was talk about that briefly this time yesterday in the early after hours after the attack, but this is broadway's biggest night. the decision was made to go on with the show. it was a celebration of culture and in some ways, alisyn, culture was attacked in orlando. of course, striking a gay nightclub during a latin night there, and on broadway, onstage last night, we heard many remembrances, including as you showed from james corden who said hate will never win and quickly added, together we must make sure of that. we also heard from hamilton star and of course, "hamilton" winning most of the awards last
night perform as sonnet in many ways was a tribute to the victims saying when senseless acts of tragedy strike they remind us that nothing is here, nothing is promised, not for one day. some of the other winners acknowledged, and urging orlando to stay strong and silver ribbons worn by many nominees and awardees as another remembrance for the victims. >> that's a powerful message, brian. i'm so glad that the show did go on, because it shows that life -- that strength and life and love still happen, but was the mood much more somber because of all of this? >> reporter: is certainly was a bit subdued. especially on the red carpet. the nominees, stars there, even without being asked at some point wanted to talk about what happened in orlando because, of course it has been felt all across the country in ways i think will continue to reverberate for days to come. >> all right, brian. thanks so much for that update and showing the clips from the tonys last night.
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look, i wish this weren't the case, but we've seen too many of these. right? there are some common questions, investigatively. was this someone connected to a terror organization? is this just a murder? a hate crime? and, of course, questions about, well what was used? and once again we're talking about long guns and we're talking about handguns and access. and that debate is happening again, but in a little different way. we have connecticut senator chris murphy. now, as you remember, he was the senator then congressman from the district of sandy hook and the massacre there. murphy had harsh words for
fellow lawmakers in the wake of what happened here in orlando saying in the statement, "congress has become complicit in these murders by it's total unconscionable deafens silence. this doesn't have to. and this will continue if congress continues to sit on its hands and do nothing again." senator murphy joins us now. very important conversation to have. obviously timing, senator, is also relevant to you. you believed it was important to get out early, but first, a message for you not just to your constituents but to all watching this. this was the first time we've dealt with this scale of a targeted attack on gays, and this is the largest community of latinos we've ever seen targeted in a single murderous incident before. what ask yois your message abou? >> well, my message is one of hope that we don't come out of this episode being torn apart. there are going to be a lot of people who are going to try to use this moment to divide us. and this is a moment where you have to come together.
unfortunately, we know the epic scale of this devastation in connecticut, and in the end, i think that new town, connecticut, defined not by the five minutes of violence inside sandy hook but how we came together afterwards to support those victims, and my hope is that the same thing happens in orlando. that the gay community, the latino community, the muslim community, all come together to support these victims. there's going to be a lot of important public policy questions in washington, but the most important thing we can do right now is make sure that the nature of this incident, and the frankly, some of the things that are being said in the political sphere, don't break this community apart at a critical time. >> what law would have made this different? obviously you're jumping on inaction in congress for a reason, but what could have stopped, under the laws as accepted right now by the supreme court what could have stopped this man from getting the weapon that he used to murder all of these people? >> first of all, i think there's
always a trap in which people want one law to have stopped the most recent episode. the most recent mass shooting. the fact there are different laws in place that would have addressed. in this case, we don't know all the fact and are trying to discover if indeed this man was on the terror list or had been on it. we know he use add very powerful assault weapon, which prior to the assault weapon ban had been illegal in this country. and we know in sandy hook that weapon resulted in 20 little kids being shot and 20 little kids being killed. a lot of people in law enforcement agree but a broad scope of laws in this country we have to look at. >> senator -- what i'm saying is, look, i get the emotional response. right? we spend too much time at this incidents and the familiarity is sickening, from community to community, you get all the same
questions. but whether it's an ar-15 or m-4, a long gun a short gun, so many different semiautomatic weapons that allow the same yield for any murderer, that the idea that, well, there's a legal change we could make, i don't -- i'm asking you to show me what it is. the assault weapons ban was what it was, an individual right bound by the supreme court what could you do legally that would have made a difference, versus dealing with mental health, the focus and is the focus on guns going to create anything other than political tension? >> i mean, first of all, let's accept that the second amendment right to bear arms is not a right to bear any and all weapons, and justice scalia himself said that. that bans on particular weapons, military-style weapons, are certainly appropriate, but you
are right that it would be a mistake for any of us to try to suggest that this incident and what we know so far is just an issue about guns, or just an issue about terrorism, or just an issue about mental illness. it appears from what we know this was an absolutely terrible concoction of all three. that means that our discussion in washington, yes, has to be about our gun laws but alsoing a recognizing that isis is trying to weaponize those who live on the fringes of society, who are mentally ill and may be prone to radical isolation and this is also about mental health. i think it's a mistake for any of us to try to drill down to one policy area, but it is not a coincidence that since the expiration of the assault weapons ban we have seen more than half of the mass shootings in this country's history, and half of those mass shootings use these type of weapons nap has to be part of the discussion here. >> senator, thank you very much for bringing up the issue. this debate is only starting now. in fact, we have a lot of
pressures and things that are urgent right now that will come before that discussion, but as it continues, we'll have it, ap thank you for being a part of it. >> thanks a lot. all right. there is a lot of news and developing information. remember, we still don't know who was in this club over my shoulder right now. let's get right to the latest. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we want to welcome viewers in the united states and around the world. collectively, heavy hearts this morning as you're watching "new day." we're coming to you live from orlando, florida, over our shoulder is the site of the worst mass shooting in u.s. history. 50 victims. massacred at a gay nightclub behind us. almost all latinos. there's a number of wounded. many still fighting for their own lives. that number from the 40s into the 50s, all of it because of a private security guard who vowed allegiance to isis in a 911 call that he made in the midst of the
attack. >> so police describe the grim crime scene. it is as bad as you could ever imagine. the silence of discovering all of these lifeless bodies along with the sound of their cell phones ringing over and over. the president and hillary clinton and donald trump all have their own explanation, and answers for what happened here. so hillary clinton will join us live on "new day" in just moments, and donald trump will join us live in the next hour. we want to begin our coverage with cnn's boris sanchez with the very latest on the investigation for us. >> reporter: alisyn, good morning. we're set to start a press briefing from orlando plies. slightly delayed. waiting for it to start any minute. this morning, 24 hours after this vicious attack we're getting a clear picture of exactly what happened here. this was supposed to be latin night at orlando's most popular gay club. more than 300 people inside having drink, dancing and having a good time. at 2:00 a.m., all of that
changed. and now, we're facing a harsh, harsh reality. a massive investigation into the terrorist responsible for carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. inside the 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. using a .9 millimeter and assault rifle. police 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, pledging 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 fort pierce to orlando in order to carry out the attack. inside, investigators recovered another gun. a .38 smith & wesson according to an atf official. they said mateen legally purchased the weapons used in the attack within the past week or so. mateen had a permit to carry the weapon because of his work of being a security guard. >> seemed professional to me. >> as a security guard, dressed as a security guard? >> oh, yeah. gun and everything. >> reporter: mateen was known to the fbi, suspected to be an isis sympathizer, but they found no evidence in 2013 and 2014 as direct links to the terror group. a man that worked with him in 2014 is wishing investigators had done more. >> i saw it coming. he said he was going to kill a whole bunch of people.
>> reporter: the imam here said that mateen worshipped here just two days before the attack. he said that he kept to himself and saw no indication that mateen would do something so violent. >> we don't recall any friend of his in the mosque, as he would not socialize with anybody. >> reporter: when it was all over, at least 50 people were killed inside pulse nightclub, more than 50 others wounded. a community torn apart, now coming together with hundreds turning out to donate blood for those injured in the horrific attack. chris, it's also important to point out right now, there are families out there that have lost contact with their loved ones, and they are fearing the worst. keep in mind, fewer than half the names of those killed inside the club have been released. so there are a lot of families out there anxiously awaiting to hear their worst fears come true. we also just got word a short while ago that press briefing we expected at 7:00 a.m. has been moved to 7:30. hopefully we'll have more information nome about the shooter but to provide those
families in need of desperate information right now. chris? >> the most important point you could have made. this is still a developing situation. i think it's 24 names released so far. among the dead. so you have half of those yet to be identified. also dozens of people in local hospitals and many families and loved ones and friends are still trying to find out if the people they're looking for are among that number. you heard alisyn say earlier, investigators walking this crime scene were haunted by the sound of cell phones going off again and again. people desperate to see who was still inside. so we're doing that work of figuring out where people are and who was involved. at the same time, dealing with the murderer who did all of this killi killing. for that, from fort pierce, florida, where this man lived. our reporter, what do we know now? >> reporter: this community two hours south of orlando where so much loss happened. people here with the reality
that the man responsible for that lived here. in fact, the apartment complex, condos he called home behind me. law enforcement a small army of local, state and federal officials descended on this place yesterday early in the morning. today no law enforcement in sight. the remnants of this federal investigation is a vehicle you'll make out just here to my left and we noticed actually has federal evidence taped on the doors itself. most importantly, federal court documents inside, the sheet with omar mateen name on it. that obviously a crucial piece of evidence and they continue to analyze exactly what happened here. meanwhile, the people in this community are asking why nobody saw this coming including the suspect's own father. take a listen. >> so what had happened, it really surprised me. radicalism, no. he doesn't have a beard, even. when someone becomes radical, they grow long beard and they wear clothes that, you know,
long clothes and i don't think religion ow islam had nothing to do with this. >> reporter: obviously, no shortage of shock and disbelief in this community here in florida. the paper this morning reading "the shooter was one of us." this is a reality for the people here as they're left asking exactly what happened? at what point did mateen eventually have a twisted ideology? a question many people are asking this morning, alisyn. >> of course they are, and they will for days and we're trying to get some answers this morning. thank you. investigators are poring through the terrorist electronic devices to try to look and figure out any sign he had become self-radicalized. he had been on the fbi's radar before, suspected of being an isis sympathizer. live from washington, we have more on that. what have you learned, evan? >> reporter: alisyn, in this morning's investigation, looking
for a direct connection between terrorism and mateen and isis. they say he made a 911 call during the attack pledging allegiance to the isis leader and invoking, marathon bombers. in 2013 the fbi interviewed him and in 2014 because of connections to a palestinian-american man who carried out a suicide bombing for the al qaeda in syria. both times the fbi says it didn't find enough evidence to continue looking into mateen, and he was not under investigation when he drove two hours from his home on florida's east coast to carry out this attack in orlando. chris, investigators are going back to the previous investigations of that suicide bomber to see if there were deeper ties that somehow alluded investigators. >> thank you, evan. a lot of open questions here.
there will continue to be, and we'll continue to check in with you for the latest. in minutes, talking about the latest on this, wre are waiting for a press conference. a little jumbled. which agencies, a lot of agencies, local, state, federal, involved in this investigation. when they hold the presser we will give you that information. we also have eyewitness accounts and stories of survival and loss emerging in the club that's just over our shoulder. right now bringing in people with experience they wish they never it. david ward and chris enso whose friend was shot inside the club. gentlemen, thank you for being with us. sorry it's under these circumstances. let's start with what's most daunting. how's your friend this morning? >> right now hopefully sleeping and should have been fasting now to be ready for surgery this morning to get the bullet out of his body. >> what happened to him? >> romney was, or is a bartender
over at pulse. what happened as he described in his own words when i went to visit him, is that the assailant want he entered the club, he was bartending, and when the shooter started opening fire, many people were shot before the girl in front of him was actually killed in front of him as he was turning around to grab -- to continue to bartend, he got shot at that time. the force of the shot caused him to fall on the ground. at that time he heard very, very, very consistent gunshots that would not stop. it was a seamy automatic weapon. he was faced with the choice to run or stay and become a hostage. luckily he got to run out before the hostage situation took place. >> we are hearing one of the things that makes this so terrible, this man not only had the right equipment, but a lot of time and it seemed as though
he had expertise? people keep saying that the fire patterns and the way this man moved around was to maximize taking his much life as possible. tell us how your night changed? we get to about 2:00 in the morning and everything goes horribly wrong. >> yes. i was asleep at the time. i've got a condo directly across the street from there. i heard originally two shots i thought were backfires. there's always a lot of commotion and things going on. overflow parking for valet. i stepped outside and i did see a few people running out. i went into the street and about that time is when i heard the other volley of fire. >> what did you think it was? >> it was clearly, you know, semiautomatic rifle. i fire a gun. it was very clear that's what it was. at that point in time, more people came out, floridaeding the streetance going through my yard. i noticed a number of them realizing some of their friends weren't with them at the time.
actually turned back around, headed back towards the club shouting their names. i went back inside at that point to make sure my daughters were secure. they were with me at the time, and then basically from my balcony, the staging area, below in that same lot, where s.w.a.t. was and doing triage. >> keep hearing, so long. it tooko long. what did that mean to you? what did you make sense of in terms of duration? >> well, i mean, i -- i saw law enforcement really come on to the scene fairly quickly. they always have an officer stationed there each night. over the course of the next couple of hours prior to the detonation, just a lot from the balcony, a lot of tactical talk on the side. they had police going car to core in that lot searching it. a few they actually had a gunpoint down on the ground, seemed they were assessing whether they were a threat. a few injured. i noticed they were bringing victims in makeshift, tarps or
cloths or something, from the back side of the club. literally pulling them across the street to the other lot and loading them up on to pickup trucks. >> obviously, our sensitivity goes to those inside, those lost their lives and those still struggling like your friend, but to be exposed to this is not easy. how are you making sense of what happened just across the street your house? >> bizarre. slept maybe three hours in the past 30. i don't think it's completely registered. i'm concerned about my daughters. they're on the young side and see in the next couple of weeks how they handle this. they did pretty well. the detonation shook the building. that was probably worse for than than the gunfire. >> here we are in june, it's actually gay awareness month. this is no question whether it's isis, isis directed, sympathizers, self-radicalized, all that will be taken care of. this man wanted to murder people and he came here and there was a
big concentration. what does that mean to you? >> the fact these people were shot and right here in orlando is going to affect all of us who live here in orlando. all will continue to know we were all affected by the worst tragic incident in american history. >> 9/11, the biggest loss of life in any way related to terror and murder since then. the biggest gun violence death total we've ever had, but the numbers are often confusing. what is penetrating right now is the knowledge that this is the first time we saw a select group of people. 9/11 was really all of us. anybody who could be killed, gay, straight, white, black, christian, muslim were killed. the targeting, looking for gay, killing 50 of them, trying to kill hundreds of them. how many latinos? obviously, so many puerto ricans here. what does that mean to you? >> well, it's disturbing. i have balconies on both sides of my condo and will sit on the
back one and a lot of times they park on the other side and flow through. they're talking, on their phones. i've gotten used to it and walk into the club. and i think the thing that dawned on me late last night, how many of these people that were walking past me oh below me maybe didn't come out. that's a little sobering. >> what are you telling yourself? your friend, hopefully will be okay. so many won't. what does something like this tell you? >> it tells us, for me, as city we need to band together and be strong. rite now i'm getting text messages saying they're scared to go to work today, don't want to leave their house. scared to go out and attempting to do night life. i want everyone to know that, if everyone is out here, we shouldn't have a reason to fear terrorism. >> the point of terror to the extent that's what this is. again, a lot of it is unclear. certainly a hate crime, can be both things. can be murder, terror and a hate
crime all in one, but the point of it is to make you scared or make a statement, make people unstable. >> right. >> how do you feel the need to respond to that, if somebody was right across the street from you? >> i think as everybody always says after this, life goes on. you've got to go on. you mourn, but, you know, we're america and we move on. we go about our lives, and i think that's the key thing. it's not to shut down over it. cope with it, find the help and move on with your lives. >> dave, glad you're okay, glad your daughters are okay. i hope your friend winds up being well, as we know right now, so many are still searching for people they believe were inside last night. they don't know if they're dead or in a local hospital. at least you know where he is and on the road to krov recovery. let us know so we can get his story out. gentlemen, thank you very much. a lot of unanswered questions. we keep giving various forms of information, because law enforcement doesn't know yet whether there were direct
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this time it is orlando, florida, trying to come to grips with another senseless mass shooting. 50 people killed here. 53 wounded in this terror attack at this gay nightclub that you can see behind me. this is the worst mass shooting in u.s. history. joining us now, former florida senator mel martinez, also once the mayor of orange county, which includes orlando. senator, thanks so much for being here.
>> my pleasure. >> this is your town. you lived a mile and a half from here. what's today like for you? >> just surreal. hard to conceive in our own neighborhood this is happens and that's just the reality of terror. this isn't happening in some strange city in europe or in the middle east. this is happening right here in orlando, in the heart of orlando, in a peaceful neighborhood. and so what used to be lorenzo's pizza became the pulse and now -- >> you know that building? went to that building aun before it was the pulse? >> sure. right. and i've had staffers, political staff that went there, even as the pulse. so it's a well-known neighborhood, and it's sad to see what has happened here and the tragedy that's touched so many lives. >> what do you think was at the root of this attack? >> i don't think there's any question this was motivated by a radical vision of a religion that is not appropriate. and that is probably not the right approach to that religion. at the same time i think it's
also mixed in with a hatred for a particular group pop both of which are despicable and neither of which belong as a part of this country are who we are and as a people. >> the shooter's ex-wife said he was violent with her. always violent. she said he had an unknown mental illness. she blamed not radicalism but mental illness. >> you have to have a mental illness to do something this crazy. you know? we often get into the gun debate, back and forth. the fact is, whether in the sense of drug abuse or whether it is just in plain, old mental illness, i worry a great deal about homelessness. as a former hud secretary, it's an issue i care passionately about and the issue of homelessness is always as a root of another cause. mental illness or addiction. >> you see a combination of homophobia and radicalization. >> along with a violent personality and access to guns in a way that perhaps we need to
address as well, but it's not about the gun debate today. i think that we make a mistake to focus it on that. >> do you feel as strongly as donald trump does that this must be labeled radical islamic terr terror. >> we need to understand that feeding isis is tremendously important. why? it is inspiring others, home-grown terrorists now we're seeing. the labels? we can wait for another day whether that's the best way to get at the problem or not. i just think we need to defeat this radical vision of islam and defeat isis. in defeating isis we make a tremendous statement and stop recruiting of others. >> i think donald trump would argue you must call it what it is in order to defeat it. what is this level of home-grown terrorism we've seen here? >> i don't think there's a problem calling it what it is. what we don't want to do is alienate more muslims. walk a fine line calling it what
it is to work towards defeating it, at the same time knowing we don't want to alienate all muslims. we have to understand we have to give away some of our privacy. the patriot act. a lot of the things we were doing we have stopped doing. we need to recognize it's very important in this war we're involved in, another thing, this is a war on terror and we need to be cautious -- >> what could have changed? what else could the fbi have done? what level of giving up of privacy would have stopped this? >> i believe in general we need to be mindful of the fact we're still in a war situation, and we need to be conscious of giving up some of that, if it means safe for neighborhoods. if it means we're not going to have this scene here in orlando on orange and kaley. >> the fbi interviewed this guy twice and after that, what? should have tapped his phone? >> if that was necessary, they could have. the part that needs to still be done is to better connect the
dots. i'm not a law enforcement expert, but i know after 9/11 how much we talked about that we were not connecting the dots. left hand didn't always know what the right hand was doing. we need to do more of that. work more closely among law enforcement to exchange the information. what happens now is that we have so um people on a watch list that it's impossible to continue to track all of them and who knows when one isn't going to completely crack up and do something insane like what happened here? our hearts have to go out to all the victims and understand we have to take action so there are no future victims. >> our heart does go out to them and to you, this is your hometown. thanks for being on "new day." >> thank you. we are awaiting a live update from law enforcement this hour, bothened a -- both presumptive nominees for president are also going to be here. that's happening live on "new day." stick around for that, also. the fbi update as soon as we
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here in orlando and believe it's beginning right now. let's take it to it. >> good morning. yesterday was the most horrific day in the history of orlando yet i stand here prouder today of our community more than ever. we came united to support the family and friends of the victims, learned of heroic acts of orlando police department and other local law enforcement agencies and our citizens. hundreds the lives saved during the course of that night. hundreds escaped at the beginning of the event, and breaching the wall, killing the bad guy, and rescuing dozens of hostages. the medical personnel that saved so many lives that were transported to the hospital, are certainly heroes in my mind today, as well as the entire community. and then we turn it over to, we begin thinking of the families
and identifying the victims which is critically important. i cannot imagine being one of the parents or knowing that your loved one might be among those that are deceased and having to wait and find out. the fbi did an unbelievable job of clearing the scene. by 11:00, all of the victims had been removed, turned over to the medical examiner and fdle, and they stood tall, did their job and now all 48 of the 49 victims have been identified. 24 of the next of kin have been notified, with more to come. the number to call for families is 407-24 -4357. 407-246-4357. as the next of kin are being notified, we are putting the names of the victims on city of
orlando/victims. again, i want to just compliment the medical examiner and the fdle for the work they did all night long in making the identifications and then notifying the next of kin, and we will continue that process today. again, we will not be defined by the act of a cowardly hater. we will be defined by how we respond, how we treat each other, and this community has already stepped up to do that. thank you. governor? >> thank you, mayor. just a few minutes ago i asked the, president obama to declare a state of emergency for the state of florida. i did that yesterday for orlando. orange county, and the mayor did it yesterday for the city. the -- when you stop to think about this, you think about, we all think about, thank god it wasn't our family. if you go through that list of family members we have a lot of individuals from puerto rico. a wonderful puerto rican
community. a lung lady, that just moved here from hawaii to take care of her mother and grandmother. an individual who works at harry potter. just there last week. you think these are people that we interact with every day of our lives. our law enforcement has done a wonderful job. the orlando police department, the sheriff's department, fdle, the fbi did a wonderful job getting the bodies removed from pulse. and fdle with the medical examiner did a great job identifying the bodies. this is a wonderful community we live in. a wonderful state. we are the best melting pot in the world. 20 million people live here and over 100 million come visit here because it's a wonderful place to goethe live and visit. we're going to continue to work hard to take care of these families and make sure we try to get this community back and the city back working at quickly as we can. right now it's time to grieve for each family member that either lost a loved one or still
has somebody in hospital injured. i turn it over to orlando chief john mites. >> good morning. i wanted to provide more information about our initial response, and subsequent rescue of many, many people. so, again, we had an extra duty, off-duty officer working for pulse nightclub in full police uniform. at about 2:00, he responded to shots fired. he did engage in the gunbattle with the suspect. somewhere near one of the entrances, from shortly after that, additional officers responded. those additional officers made entry while the suspect was shooting, and gauged in another gun battle with the suspect, forced him to stop shooting, and retreat to the bathroom, where we believe he had several hostages. at that time we were able to save and rescue dozens and
dozens of people who were injured and not injured and get them out of the club. things kind of stabilized based on statements made by the suspect about explosives, about possible bomb vests. we secured everything. called s.w.a.t. and we did set up for an explosive breach on the bathroom wall where we knew there were approximately 15 people in the opposing bathroom to where the suspect was with his hostages. based on statements made by the suspect, based on information we received from the suspect and from the hostages and people inside, we believe further loss of life was imminent. i made the decision to commence the rescue operation, and do the explosive breach. the explosive breach did not penetrate the wall completely. we used our armored vehicle, the bearcat armored vehicle, to
punch a whole in that wall and defeat the wall. so there is a hole in the wall about two feet off the ground and two or three feet wide. we were able to rescue dozens and dozens of people that came out of that hole. the suspect came out of that hole himself, armed with a handgun and a long gun and engaged in a gun battle with officers where he was ultimately killed. so at that time -- at this time i just want to say that no pd officers from the original officers to all all law enforcement officers act the courageously and saved many, many, many lives during this operation. one officer was struck in the kevlar helmet right above his forehead. that helmet did save his life. i spoke to him at length last night. he is doing great, and at this
time i turn it over to special agent danny -- >> can you clarify if anymore victims were shot when there was a hostage situation? >> so, good morning. i want to talk very briefly about what our primary mission for all of us today is, and that's the identification of the victims and the notification of the family. as you heard from mayor dyer, we have confirmed the identity of 48 of our 49 victims. the last identity confirmation is pending right now. so we anticipate having that name here shortly. a number of those, as you've heard from the mayor, we have notified their next of kin, and that is our 100% priority mission today. as you're aware, the city are orlando is advertising the names of those victims as we make the notification to the family member, and i'll explain briefly how that's going. we have teams of fdle agents, opd officers, fbi agents we are deploying as we're identifies these victims throughout the state and really throughout the
nation to identify their family members to let them know that their loved one is deceased. once we've confirmed that, that is at the time we're post that to our website. so i ask that everybody respect the privacy of the family in that we will advertise those names of those victims, but only at the time we confirm that the next of kin is notified. again, i want to state, that is the primary mission of all of us right now. to notify the family members exactly that one of their loved ones is dead, and then we will advertise those names publicly to the rest of the community. so -- i'll turn it over now to, i believe the fbi is ready to speak. ron hopper? u.s. attorney lee bentley. >> as mayor dyer said, yesterday was the most horrific day in the history of orlando. indeed, it was a day of the largest mass shooting in the history of the united states.
terrible tragedy. first of all, on behalf of the federal government, i'd like to thank our state and local partners. the florida department of law enforcement, the orlando police department, the orange county sheriff's office, the men and women of these agencies that have been working tirelessly over the last day and a half. on behalf of the federal government, i'd also like to thank the governor, senator nelson and all other elected official whose have been here today for their help, for their interest in what's going o here. we're working very closely at the united states attorney's office with our partners at the main department of justice and the national security division, and we're also working of course, with the fbi and with atf. an amazing amount has been done, and in just over 24 hours, as has been explained, almost all of the victims have been
identified. the notification process is ongoing. we've been collecting a great amount of electronic and physical evidence. there is an ongoing criminal investigation. it is still in the early stages. we do not know yet whether anyone else will be charged in connection with this crime. i do want to let you know that we have no reason to believe that anyone connected to this crime is placing the public in eminent danger at this time, but there is an investigation of other persons. we're working as diligently as we can on that. we have teams of prosecutors as well as teams of agents working around the clock, getting search warrants, court orders. if anyone else was involved in this crime, they will be prosecuted. and now i'm going to turn it over to the atf, special agent in charge, regina lombardo.
thank you. >> good morning. first i'd just like to extend atf's family would like to extend, a heartfelt, warm appreciation for the extended visit here today, on behalf of the atf, we'd like to say we are here to give you their role in the investigation. we found on the scene there were two weapons on the scene. atf brings that unique tracing capability to the table. we have been able to trace those weapons. the weapons have been traced to the last known purchaser which is the shooter. one of the weapons was also, the third weapon was also found in his vehicle. we are still working on tracing that weapon as well. we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims' families as well as the
lgbt community. we are working the investigation with a team of atf analysts, special agents. we are working together with the fbi, and all our state and local partners here today. we have a team of people here that are able to provide what we can't to this investigation. i'd like to now turn it over to the fbi. special agent in charge. >> good morning. my name is paul weisiccal. special agent here in the tampa office including the orlando residency. you heard yesterday from ron hopper, incredible job for the fbi. one of the things we take away from these bad events as we learned in 9/11, it brings the community together. everyone represented here and we all work together from the get- get-go, from the time of 2:00 in the morning when the shooting began, everybody rallied
together to work the case as one force. we have a joint terrorism task force of which all of these agencies representatives spoke and also represented on the joint terrorism task force and work cases side by side. i think a lot of the investigation so far has been disclosed to you. the main thing that we looked at in the very beginning is the victims. as you heard, there are 49 that are deceased. 48 have been identified. family members of about 24 families have been notified. we also have brought down 30 victim witness specialists, and their there to work with the families to try to get them what they do need. the resources are available. other agencies have pulled their resources and brought them down. the fbi has brought resources to bear from the miami field office. the atlanta field office. the jacksonville field office as well as quantico, virginia, the laboratory has sent down shooting reconstructionists, and that's kind of the next task at
hand. as of last night, within 24 hours, all the victims were removed from the pulse bar/lounge, and now we're going to be processing it with the shooting reconstruction team to get as much forensic evidence as we possibly can. at that point. the investigation continues over the night. we've probably processed about 100 leads worked on by agents and task force officers combined. the task force has been up and running since the beginning of this and will continue to run. that's one of the things all the agencies will do is bring the resources to bear. our focus is to get the truth and to get it to you as quickly as we can, but you have to realize there is a balancing act. a lot of what we do in investigations may become classified, can't disclose that information, basically ask for your patience and that you bear with us in the investigation. we'll disclose what we can, when we can and you have to recognize when we can't, it's not because we don't want to, but because
there may be prosecutions down the road and are not sure when the leads will go. as you know, post-9/11, no stone is unturned. that's the same today as it was then. every terrorism case and investigation will be worked the same way. no stone left unturned and we'll follow the leads wherever they take us and brief you as best we can when we can. but you'll have to bear with us on that and trust our judgment. the fbi has been in existence over 108 years now, and we've earned the people's trust by working cases hard and being straightforward with you, and we don't want to violate that trust by giving you bogus information that two hours later we have to come back out and tell you that information was wrong. we'll keep you abreast as best we can giving accurate information. by doing that, it may take time to get you that accurate information. with that, just ask you to bear with us as we move forward in the investigation. i want to do like everyone else did and commend the first responders. they actually saved lives by responding as quickly as they did.
numerous people were brought out alive, unharmed and many more are in the hospital, hopefully recovering and beginning that healing process. another thing that's a bonus for this community that it has come together and hopefully that will maintain and stay the course. barring that, i guess we'll take some questions. >> why has the number changed from 49 to 50 dead? >> some people had been given, the shooter included in the number at 50. 49 victims. we don't count the shooter as a victim. so that's how you get the 49. 48 of those identified at present. 24 of those families have been made aware of their location. >> chief, can you clarify one thing, if you don't mind? >> a couple more remarks and then we'll answer questions. >> sure. >> good morning. this has certainly been a trying time for all of us and i can tell you as a native of orlando, this is certainly touching to my
family and i. i've served here in this community with the orlando police department and now as the orange county sheriff and there's never really been a time where i've seen where the agencies at the federal, state and local level have really come together to work, and throughout the night our agencies have continued to work with the fbi. we have great partnership, and i am certain that within just a short period of time, all of these victims will be able to be identified, and those families will be reunited with their loved ones, if you will. that effort is certainly going on, and so we have received tremendous outpourings of support from across the country, from our colleagues and law enforcement, and i can tell you that it's very heartwarming to all of us who wear the badge and carry the gun on a daily basis. as i have talked with some of my staff and some of the staff who,
of the orlando police department who responded yesterday to this tragedy, the men and women were certainly touched by this. many of them saw some carnage that they would never, ever see in any other location. if you think about it, this is not -- >> we've been monitoring this presser here in orlando. you see the coordination of local, state and federal authorities. we still haven't heard from governor scott. you see him there in the background. there was a lot of cooperation here to try to help stop what is now already the most deadly shooting in american history. this is the biggest loss of life in something connected to terror since 9/11. we're going to leave the presser now, because we're also dealing with the need for leadership in this situation. and the two main people who want to be president, hillary clinton and donald trump have both been speaking about this. we'll have them both on "new day" this morning. secretary clinton joins us now. secretary, sorry to have to speak to you under these circumstances, but what is your
message to this community and the country? this situation enhances the fear that things are getting worse. that they are not safe. that the war against terror is not working. what is your message to them? >> well, first of all, chris, i think we all should be paying attention to and praying for the families who lost loved ones and those dozens of people in the hospitals fighting for their lives. there are so many people who still have not been accounted for. i also want to send my appreciation to the first responders who risked their lives and performed so bravely in orlando. even as we figure out more about what happened, we also need to get to work. this was a terrorist attack. isis appears to be claiming ed considerate for it, whether it had anything to do with it or not, at a minimum, they seem to have inspired it. we have to defend our country from the so-called lone wolves, and work with our allies to
dismantle the global networks that fuel this kind of radicalization, and it's a complex challenge, but we're absolutely up to doing it. we have the resources, relationships and experience to get it done, and this is a moment for republicans, democrats, independents, all americans, to work together as one team. it's time for statesmanship, not partisanship. our fellow citizens should expect that. it's a proud part of our history and what makes us exceptional, and the american people deserve nothing less, and if we remember how we came together as one nation after 9/11, we should recapture that spirit as we face this challenge. >> we see in the communities here, whether it was the long lines of those looking to give blood, those coming out this morning to support those who were victimized in one way or another. americans respond. and i think what we see in these situations is demanding the same of leadership. one of the criticisms in these situations is that president
obama won't use the worded "radical islamic terror." seems to be a fear or instinct about blaming the religion. you will come under scrutiny radical islamic terror? will you use those words? if not, why? >> well, first of all, from my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say. and it mattered we got bin laden, not what name we called him. i have clearly said we -- whether you call it radical jihadism or radical islamism, i'm happy to say either. i think they mean the same thing. what i won't do, because it's dangerous to defeat this threat, is demonize, demagogue and declare war on an entire religion.
that plays right into isis' hands. this is something that we can call it radical jihadism, radical islamism. but we also want to reach out to the vast majority of american muslims and muslims around this con -- this world, to help us defeat this threat, which is so evil and has got to be denounced by everyone, regardless of religio religion. >> when we talk about what to do after these situations, it always ends up being the gun debate n your estimation, what law would have made this situation not happen? what could have made this not -- situation where this man was able to get weapons? >> first of all, florida doesn't regulate assault weapons or 50 caliber rifles or large-capacity ammunition magazines. it doesn't require a permit to purchase a gun. it doesn't require any registration whatsoever.
it doesn't require gun owners to be licensed. and it doesn't require a permit to carry a shotgun or a rifle. it doesn't even require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between nonfederally licensed parties. that's a lot of nots. i believe strongly that common sense gun safety reform across our country would make a difference. we know the gunman used a weapon of war to shoot down at least 50 innocent americans and, you know, we won't even be able to get the congress to prevent terrorists or people on the no-fly list from buying guns. this is just, you know, totally incomprehensible, chris. and i think, you know, we've got to get back to, you know, common sense gun safety reform. and we can't fall into the trap that is set up by the gun lobby that says if you can't stop every shooting in every incident
you should not try to stop any. we did have an assault weapons ban for ten years. i think it should be reinstated. >> what i'm saying is that when we get into the laws, there's so many laws already. it always seems like it's more about the politics and practicality of change, especially in light of what the supreme court decided in 2008, that you have an individual right. now you have circled around this issue. it's becoming more important, secretary. so, let me ask you, do you believe that there is an individual right to bear arms as the heller case decided in 2008? that's a very important building block for what kind of change is possible. >> well, i think you have to read the entire decision. i believe law-abiding, responsible americans have a right to own guns. but i also believe with the vast majority of americans, there are common sense, constitutionally permissab perm permissible steps we can take to
take the guns out of hands of criminals. that is what justice scalia has said in heller. i have disagreed with some of the ways they've applied that. there have been more than 23 shootings by a toddler this year alone. we have to sort through the decision. yes, there is a right for law-abiding, responsible americans to own guns and, yes, there are reasonable common sense measures to try to keep people safe from guns. we have to figure out the best way to move forward on that. that's what i'm committed to doing. >> we have this conversation a lot. we look forward to hearing what those ideas are. let me ask you one last question. donald trump, most likely your main opponent once you get through the convention. he says that this is proof that the war on terror is failing, that we're not strong and that's what resonates with the american
people now because of their fear. what can you say to his argument and to tell people that you will make them safer than donald trump? >> well, i think that donald trump's rhetoric is quite dangerous to our country. we have had a number of mass shootings. this, of course, is the worst in our history. let's not forget sandy hook or aurora, colorado. let's not forget the 33,000 people who die with guns every year. this is a problem we have to look at very squarely. we have to go after anyone who threatens us with terrorism. we have to give law enforcement the tools they need to root out radicalization. we have to take the fight to the terrorists, wherever they are, in order to keep ourselves safe at home. but we also have to be conscious
of the fact that a lot of folks who have no connection with terrorism are using these weapons to murder and maim people as well. we have to look at this from these two perspectives. they are connected, chris. and i'm going to be as firm and strong and single minded in going after isis as anybody could be. i was that way when it came down to bring bin laden to justice and i will be that way with isis as well. >> secretary clinton, thank you. gay, latino, straight, any ethnicity, the country is coming around orlando and looking for leadership. thank you for joining us on "new day." >> thanks a lot, chris. good-bye. >> all right, secretary. next hour we'll hear from
donald trump. how does he see this situation and how does he respond to what secretary clinton said? what's the way forward? >> we have a lot to talk about, everything secretary clinton just told us. we just heard from law enforcement in their first press conference of the morning. we want to bring in cnn analyst jim schuto and general martin. we heard from all of the law enforcement agencies involved. jim, what has jumped out at you? >> one is this very key issue here that there were two engagements with the shooter before the final raid that killed him. one, the secretary guard out front. we did not know that the s.w.a.t. team engaged with him again before he retreated to a back room with hostages. that question we talked about earlier, chris, why did they wait so long? always a tough one to ask. they're facing danger in there. now we know that they did go in
one more time and try to neutralize him when he retreated to a back room, in a confined space with hostages. that helps get the answer to that question. i asked my producer to ask at the press conference this same question. she said there was also great concern about explosives, that he had an explosive device. that's a danger not just to the hostages but first responders. >> out of the battaclan there was a sensitivity to how fast you could get in. in america it's different n france, they waited. in america, they don't. we see this situation. it's a little confusing. we'll get to the bottom of why they did what they did. we did get extra couple pieces. a situation like this makes you feel like you're unsafe. the worst number of deaths by weapon like this in our history, the most lives taken in connection to terror since 9/11. the secretary says it is not an example that the war against terror is failing. that is unsatisfying for people
in this situation. what you're doing military against terror, it's not work because this just happened. >> i don't believe it is, chris. battlefield, iraq, syria, other places where terrorists are operating. then look at national security, homeland security. there are a variety of ways that a terrorist can attack. in this particular place, you're looking at a guy -- who knew what, what he was doing, what he was about to do, what his thought process was and the potential for devastating attack like that is critical to this. there are many different pockets of enemies that we're fighting right now. there are some on the battlefield. truthfully, are relatively easy compared to this kind of guy. then there are some which are communicating, which you can pick up on. then there are the ones lying low, doing these kinds of things. in order to be 100% correct all
the time, you have to be right all the time. and that's really tough. >> you have dozens, perhaps hundreds in this country that have some expression of sumpthy to these groups. fact is, you can't lock them all up. >> you had two bites at this guy, allowed to put him on a no-fly list, but they couldn't do anything, to even call him and consult with this guy that you investigated in two different incidents. >> that's law. if you can't find the guy guilty, you can't do anything to him. if you talk to police, they want to do these things to these people. how many rights take away and who would rebel as soon as we say we attacked to you the other day. because of that discussion we're taking off all of your rights to no-fly list, take away your
guns, all that. there would be a cry against something like that. that's the tough part about living in a democracy. >> general, jim, thank you for all the information. we'll be back shortly. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world right now. this is "new day" you're watching, lievg frve from orlan florida, the worst shooting in our nation's history. 50 people killed at a gay nightclub. still here behind us, you can see. 53 other people wounded. not since september 11th have we endured a more deadly attack on american soil. we're finding out more about the gunman, including his chilling call to 911, pledging his allegiance to isis minutes after this massacre. >> developing situation. names of those killed, families desperate for information, still
not known, bringing home an image to investigators of them walking through the nightclub shortly before taking out this murderer and hearing cell phones ringing. dozens of people in surrounding hospital the that families have not identified them yet. that's a big thing in connection with this investigation. we're taking it all on for you here on cnn. first up, we're going to have laura sanchez about what happened here on this nightclub in orlando. no, we're going to go to mccall first? great. congressman mccall, we're learning more about the situation. we have to process how to respond in terms of leadership. you heard what secretary clinton just said. what is your response? >> we have to define the enemy for what it is, radical islamist
terror and have to take the fight to the enemy so they can't come here. in this particular case, you have an individual who is radicalized over the internet. he had contact also with the foreign fighter, a suicide bomber that prompted an fbi investigation. that's something we'll be taking a look at as well. stopping this phenomena where a person is vulnerable to be radicalized in the united states, citizens born in the united states and pulling off the deadliest terror attack since 9/11, these are policy questions we need to be looking at. i would hesitate going down a partisan road at this time. we're still grieving and the bodies have yet to even be buried at this point in time. >> two questions.
the secretary says there are those using islam to generate support. there is islamic terror. she doesn't want to get caught up into what to call it because that's an excuse of dealing with the real problem. you justify the likes of isis who want this to be a holy war. do you accept that rationale? >> no, i don't. i haven't for a while. you need to define it to defeat it. that's any military strategist will tell you that. we didn't dance around the nazis or communism in the past. we've always defined our enemy and found a way to defeat it. in many respects, this is a symptom that we may be losing this war. san berne deardibernardino, cha. i came back from sinai, egypt, tunisia, libya. isis is not on the run but on the rise in these places.
that concerns me from homeland security perspective. in addition, they use the internet in a very savvy, sophisticated way to radicalize individuals in the united states. we need to reach out to the muslim community to make sure people don't radicalize here in the united states. >> the fbi had a lot of bites at this apple. in 2013, this man, this murderer was the focus of an investigation. 2014, he was part of a different investigation. they could have put him on a no-fly list during those investigations until the case was closed. but they couldn't do anything during his background check. fbi, as you know, conducts them. that is very frustrating to people. do you think that that should change? it gets tricky, right? you can put them on a no-fly list. the fbi couldn't do anything to additionally question this man when he was trying to get the
weapons that ultimately would lead to all these murders. do you think that's right or do you think that rule should change? >> i talked to the fbi yesterday about these two investigations. one, based on inflammatory comments to co-workers, including terrorist comments. number two, the meeting with this individual who became one of the biggest suicide bombers in syria, which concerns us as well. is it frustrating? yes. are we going to be look at that and asking questions about what happened? of course. >> while they were investigating him, they could have put him on
a no-fly list. even when they were well known to him, when they found out he was trying to get a weapon -- because the fbi does the background check on a federal level -- they didn't question him. they didn't even have the power. it gets sticky, because it starts to dovetail with second amendment rights. do you think it should be something to be considered? if someone is important enough to be investigated federally for terrorism, should you be able to talk to them before they get a gun? >> of course. i think the fbi could have in this case. i don't know if they did or not. >> they did not. they say they could not. they say they could not, because that's not part of the background check system. you're not allowed to interview people about why they want a gun or not. that's the law. should that law change, you just said yes, it should. that will anger a lot of second amendment proponents. >> there's a background check for any weapon that is purchased. >> there is. >> no-fly list was based on hunch or suspicion.
the apell ate courts have said this type of weapon -- it hasn't gone to the supreme court. maybe it's time it does that, have the supreme court rule and resolve this situation once and for all. >> but the weapon, congressman, the weapon is a side issue. let's say it's legal, it's okay. the fbi didn't have the authority to pick up the phone and say we understand you want to get a pistol and a long gun. we want to talk to you first. they don't do that now because it's not part of the legitimate background check. do you think that rule should change? >> when you purchase a firearm you go through a legitimate background check, including running data list, databases within the fbi. i'm not quite as sure that they wouldn't have that opportunity.
>> but if they don't, do you think they should? do you think the fbi should be able to say, we investigated you? we want to talk to you again? >> again, chris, i don't have all the facts in this case. if, indeed, these were terrorism leads that opened up, the fbi should have access to interview him, as they did on multiple occasions. i don't think that would preclude them from interviewing him. let's not forget what the real threat s many of these terrorism cases involve stolen firearms, ak-47s and outright ban is not going to solve the problem. but i do think that the fbi should have full access to any potential terrorist in this country that is looking at purchasing a firearm. >> congressman, always something worth looking at. that's why i'm asking you about it. day." you for joining us on "new
>> thank you, chris. people who were inside the gay nightclub here in orlando and survived the terror attack describe, of course, a horrifying scene. they also describe heroism. joining us now is christopher hanson. he was inside the club when the shots rang out. chris, how are you this morning? >> a little better than i was yesterday. >> have you had much sleep? >> not much. hard to absorb. >> you thought the sounds were part of a song. then what happened? >> everybody started to flee. bodies were everywhere. glass was shattering behind the bar. i dropped down to the ground with the guy next to me. after you hear bang, bang, bang several times you look and see everybody going down, and screaming for help, you know it's time to go. it's a flee moment. so i dropped down to the ground and i crawled my way out toward the back exit. >> did you see the gunman?
>> i did not see him. >> you were crawling. was there a crowd of people crawling? >> some people dropped down to the ground. they were crouching. some were going off into the bathroom. i continued on toward the back patio. i knew that was an exit. >> you had been to the pulse nightclub and knew how to get out? >> no. this was actually my first time being here. i just moved here from orlando. it was latin night. i didn't know the language. music is international. it speaks to you. it's love. you just move to t there were three different rooms to it. like any new person that goes into a nightclub or a place that they had never been to, you observe it. you look around. i walked around. i went to the bar, got a beverage and walked patio and walked back around and went to the main area and to the back of it where some of the dancers were, just to kind of see what was there. >> sure. >> and i found the latin room was very fun, very outgoing, very upbeat. there was salsa dancing, chacha,
all different types of dancing. >> that's where the shooting started? >> that's where the shooting was. >> were you with friends? >> i didn't know anybody that was there. >> when you made it out, you crawled out to the patio, then what happened? >> i got up and then i crouched and i was zigzagging night way. the privacy fence went down. that's when everybody was just like going. but i was like down and zigzagging my way hearing the boom, boom, boom. it was just continuous, like the length of a song. it was just over and over and over and over and over again. and i made it all the way across the street. that's when i saw those that had been wounded and was trying to safety with that. >> you did assist. in fact, we have video of you that we were just showing, you were carrying somebody who was wounded off to get help. how did you have the courage and wherewithal to stay in the area and begin helping people? >> when i realized that the blood that was on me wasn't mine. then i wiped away -- i had to make sure it wasn't mine.
in a moment like that, you don't know. so, with me being able to get up, i chose to stay. where else would i go? cars were in valet. nobody was going anywhere. i'm not going to leave these people behind that are a victim of a hate crime. we later found out that was a hate crime. if you can help somebody, you should help them. the girl we carried was hit in the arm. she also had heart issues. she was having trouble breathing. i was trying to keep her conscious. >> you were talking to her? >> asking her questions, with r she was from. she also recently located down here from ohio as well. i'm a taurus, she's a taurus. she was born in '97 and -- >> you were just asking her questions and found you had this bond? >> yes. >> was it comforting? >> it was. >> to her? >> it was to keep her awake. i wanted to make sure she was alert. you're at a bar, drinking, then you're shot. you have blood loss. you don't know what's going on, what's going to happen.
you know, a wound can hurt somebody a different way than it can another person. not each person is the same. you have to treat each one as a unique situation. and i was not leaving her until she was assisted. she was yellow tagged. >> what does that mean? >> she wasn't a priority right away. >> so you were staying with her until the paramedics able to get to her? >> uh-huh. i sat her head in my lap and said get comfortable. we all moved her. and we see -- and i sat with her until they were able to take her. i ran down to one of the bartenders who was limping. i thought she was hurt. she wasn't. she just had her shoe off. i was helping her meet her girlfriend so they could show they were together and they met. she said i can do it. i said no, i'm not leaving you. i just left a scene with a bunch of situations. you were there. sv in -- this is your bar, your area. i'm sure you're -- and i wanted to make sure there was somebody that could at least be with her.
you don't know. >> of course. >> they said there was a bomb, they were doing all sorts of things. >> i am sure everyone appreciates the comfort you lent to them and the friendship you lent to them. i'm hoping somehow you'll get past these past 48 hours. >> i really hope so. i pray for the families and hope they can get through it as well. >> we do, too. thank you. >> you're welcome. donald trump has been very vocal about this, blasting president obama and hillary clinton in their response to this orlando terror attack. we'll be speaking with him live momentarily. we'll be right back. [ guitar playing ]
>> let's talk now with florida senator bill nelson. i'm sorry to see you under these circumstances. as you know, everybody feels as though they have a connection to the people who were victimized here in orlando. a lot of firsts that are of the most horrible variety, the most death lost in connection to terror since 9/11, the deadliest gun attack in america's history. this was the largest attack we've ever seen on a gay population. most of these victims, the largest concentration of latino victims. what is the message to your state and the country about what to do now? >> this is an act of terror, because it's going to be isis
inspired, plus a hate crime. either one is terror. terrorists try to intimidate with fear. the message is, don't succumb to fear. >> people are afraid. they say this prove this is is happening more often. we're not fighting isis effectively. my life is not as safe as it was ten years ago. is that true to you? >> that's exactly why we have to go on about our daily lives, so that they don't win. because if we cower, if we miss our productivity. if we don't support the grieving that are here, then we're missing a part of the character of the american people. it is deep down inside. pull it out. you'll see this country respond, just as we did after 9/11 and now in a new kind of terror.
it's not one planned from outside. it's one coming from within. >> the nation is debating what change means right now, right? that's what the election should be about. in this situation, you have the fbi, 2013. this murderer is the focus of their investigation. they close the case. 2014, they're looking at him again. he then tries to get a weapon, two weapons. the fbi does their background check. they are not able to bring him in, even though he's on their radar. >> because he doesn't have a criminal record. so the question is, in a society of freedom of speech and freedom of your personal effects, how much intrusion do we want? and that's a legitimate question. we constantly, when these terror
attacks occur, like going into the cell phone of the san bernardino attacker. how much do you cross the line of our constitutional right of privacy? >> you investigated the guy on two separate occasions. he goes to get guns and you don't even talk to him? >> that's right. now looking back, we see that. but there was no communication with any outside group, which is how our intelligence apparatus works. >> that sounds right to you? the same guy you're investigating now wants a long gun and semi automatic pistol and you don't even follow up? >> of course not. matter of fact, i don't think long guns, assault rifles should be for sale. that's for killing. that's not for hunting. >> but that's a separate discussion. >> but that's a separate -- >> from an intelligence perspective. >> from an intelligence perspective. >> in fighting back, they were able to talk to him in two separate cases in two separate years and then the fbi is not
able to talk to them on the background check when he wanted to get guns? >> you wish you could have connected all those dots. he did not have a criminal record. he was not on the radar. and this is one of those horrific cases. >> is it evidence that we're not getting it right? that the war on terror is not being done with the intelligence and effectiveness that's needed to keep people safe from what just happened here in orlando? >> in america, no. our intelligence apparatus penetrates the mosques, the muslim community and other elements in order to pick up the information. you've heard his imam say, you've heard his father say there's no way that my son could have done this. so, this was -- then you heard his ex-wife say, he is bipolar, mentally disturbed. you put all of that together in a mixer and you get this very tragic mistake.
>> on one level, does it matter whether this guy had the right mind or not? he called 911. whether he's mentally ill or not, it wound up in the same place? senator, always a pleasure to talk to you. not under circumstances like this let's take a break. we have a man who wants to be president, to lead in situations like this, on the phone right now. alisyn, go ahead. >> chris, thank you very much. presumptive gop donald trump, blasting president obama as well as hillary clinton for not calling this what he says it obviously is. we have donald trump joining us right now on the phone. good morning, mr. trump. >> good morning, alisyn. >> thank you for being with us on "new day." we know what a busy day this is for you. i want to start by talking about one of the tweets you sent out in the hours after this attack. you renewed your call for the total and complete ban on muslims entering the u.s. but, of course, in this case, this was a u.s. citizen.
this was someone who was born here. so what do you do about this kind of radicalization or homegrown terror? >> that's right. we've had people born here that cause tremendous difficulty. we've had people coming. and we have -- by the way, thousands and thousands of people pouring into our country right now who have the same kind of hate and probably even more than he has. and we have to stop. we cannot take in more syrian refugees. many of them are going to be causing big problems in the future. as you know, i've been a pretty good prognosticator as to what's going to happen. many people are born here that become radicalized. you saw that where the -- in san bernardino, where he became radicalized, possibly by her. nobody really knows. maybe nobody is ever going to figure that one out. we need much better intelligence gathering information. we need intelligence gathering
centers because the people in the communities where these people are, they know there's something off. they know there's something going on. in san bernardino, there were bombs all over the apartment florida. in other cases they knew when they went to interview -- you'll find that with this mad man. people in the area, people in the neighborhood, they know there's something off with him and they don't report them to the police. they don't report them to the fbi. and, you know, this is much different, alisyn, than when we fight a war. there's no uniforms here. more intelligence fighting. muslims where they are, they have to report these people. otherwise it's going to be a bigger, bigger problem. right now we have thousands of people in the united states, living in the united states who have the same kind of hate in their heart as he had. and we have to know who they are.
>> mr. trump, you know, this guy was on the fbi's radar. in fact, he was interviewed twice by fbi agents. in 2013 and 2014, they were concerned that he did have radical ties to extremists or to terrorists. yet they concluded there was nothing they could do about it. he was allowed to own a gun, he had a carry license. are you comfortable with people who the fbi has identified as possibly having radical ties owning weapons? >> well, in this case, he was actually licensed and -- which is a sort of amazing thing. for all those people who want to have people get licensed, this guy was licensed and was able to get a gun. >> right. >> gun owners, more than ever, need to be able to protect themselves. if you had some guns in that club the night that this took
place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn't have had the tragedy that you had. people in that room -- >> but there was. but mr. trump, there was an armed security guard. >> right at his head. you wouldn't have had the same tragedy that you ended up having. and nobody even knows how bad that tragedy is. i think probably the numbers will get bigger and bigger and worse and worse. the injured are so gravely injured. if you had guns in that room, if you had -- even if you had a number of people having them strapped to their ankle or strapped to their waist where bullets could have flown by him, you wouldn't have had that tragedy. >> mr. trump, this is christine romans in our studio. we lost the feed with alisyn. i'll pick up here if you don't mind. any policy, prescription in light of this event that would prevent a future attack like this? what would be your policy
prescription? >> you have tremendous numbers of people with tremendous radical hate. the first thing you need is a president that will mention the problem. and he won't even mention what the problem is. and unless you're going to mention -- unless you're going to say it's radical islamic terrorism and hate, unless you're going to say that, christine, it's going to be -- you're never going to solve it. you have hillary clinton refusing to use the words. she doesn't really believe she shouldn't use t she's afraid to use it -- >> mr. trump, on our show this morning -- sorry to interrupt. she did say that. >> he's the boss and she's afraid of him because, obviously, you know, she probably thinks he has a very profound effect over her life. >> let me jump in. >> going to jail. he's not going to use t i bet you she would believe that she would love to use those words because almost everybody agrees that those words should be used. >> she said, mr. trump, on our interview with her an hour ago she's happy to use the words radical islam, that she's happy
to use the words that the semantics aren't an issue here. this is now about, right, investigating what happened, finding the motive, finding out more about this man, this murderer and figuring out if there's anything we can do to prevent something like this. >> the greatest source and -- look, first of all, we have to stop people from coming in from syria. we're taking them in by the thousands. and you're going to have tremendous problems. you will have problems right now. you will have problems like we've never seen before. this will only get worse. we have very weak leadership. hillary will be weaker than obama. if she got in, she would be weaker than obama, in my opinion. all you have to do is read the secret service reports about her, the book that just came out. when you read that, you can't have her as president. >> this isn't a refugee issue, though. this particular case is not a refugee issue. this is a case of an american citizen with what appears to be
multiple different motivations here. >> yeah. >> investigators will finally determine what happened here. but how do you equate what happened here with the syrian refugee? >> okay. this is the case of surveillance. this is the case of intelligence gathering information. you will find that many people that knew him felt that he was a whack job, that something like this would have happened. i already hear it starting to happen of people who knew him, the ex-wife and other people. they don't report them. for some reason, the muslim community does not report people like this we do have two different standards. people that live here and have become radicalized and have been radicalized. you look at his father. his father is sort of a prime example. but you look at the people that have come to the country and you look at -- and are here and for that, we need intelligence gathering. we have to look at the mosques. we have to look at all -- we have to look at the community.
believe me, the community knows the people that have potential for blow-up. the communities that we're talking about, they know about this guy. they knew that this was tremendous potential for blow up. and then, of course, we have to stop allowing people in to our country. build a safe zone in syria. get the gulf states to pay for it. we owe $19 trillion, but the gulf stays have nothing but money. let them pay for t we'll lead it. build a safe zone in syria so they can stay there. last thing we need is to take in more people like this guy. you're going to have problems. this is just the beginning. you're going to have problems like this all over our country. it's going to get worse and worse. look what's happening in europe. it's a mess. >> donald trump -- >> we should not be taking in more people. we have enough problems in our country without doing that. >> we look forward to what you
have to say later today. apologize again, mr. trump, for the difficulty in our satellite feed. thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you very much. 32 minutes past the hour, describing the attack the most difficult day in orlando's city. up next, we're talking to the city's mayor, buddy dyer. you pay your car insurance premium like clockwork. month after month. year after year. then one night, you hydroplane into a ditch.
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investigation in the worst mass shooting in the nation's history. 49 people killed at a gay nightclub here in orlando. 53 others wounded. not since september 11th have we endured a more deadly attack on american soil. we're finding out more about this gunman, including his chilling call to 911. he pledge ed allegiance to isis during the massacre. he paused during the massacre to call 911 to pledge allegiance to isis. following all those developments over the past 24 hours or so. we now know 49 killed. the 50th fatality is the gunman himself. >> reporter: that's right, christine. we heard from officials an hour ago. they tell us the priority now is notifying the next of kin of the deceased. they've been able to identify all but one of the victims inside the club. they're working on processing those remains now to identify that person. again, reaching out to the families that now have been waiting for more than 24 hours to find out if their loved ones
fell victim to this shooter. we have more clarity on specifically what happened inside the club. at about 2:00 am, an off-duty police officer working security outside was responding to shots fired inside the club. very quickly, a hostage situation unfolded. the shooter, with an assault rifle and handgun, began taking hostages. police immediately got to the scene and entered the club. we learned in the past hour that additional officers had a gun battle with the gunman when he was inside and forced him to retreat into a bathroom. at that point, he apparently made some claims about having a device on him. we heard throughout the day yesterday that there were fears he might have explosives on him. that gave officers caution. that's really the beginning of his three-hour standoff period where, as you mentioned, he called 911, pledged his allegiance to isis and mentioned the boston marathon bombers. officers were able to breach the
club and took down the suspect. christine? >> taking down the suspect, three-hour standoff there. boris, thank you so much. we'll continue to let you work your sources in this investigation. motives and possible ties to terrorism here, a clearer picture is emerging of the chaos that unfolded outside of that nightclub. from the first shots being fired to the desperate scramble to save lives. alison camrota has the details. >> i still think i'm going to wake up and everything is going to be normal but it's not. >> reporter: two minutes after 2:00 am on sunday, shots rang out at pulse, the popular gay nightclub in orlando. >> it was just one after another after another after another and it could have last aid whole song. >> some club goers thought the sounds were part of the music. >> shots keep ringing out and you know it's not a show anymore. >> the club packed with more
than 300 patrons when the terrorist opened fire. eyewitnesses describe the horror and chaos. >> he was turning around to grab alcohol and got shot three times. he heard continuous semi automatic shooting and said it would not stop. >> reporter: some able to escape by jumping out the back. >> we jumped through the back patio fence. my roommates and i ran and we heard gun shots. >> reporter: others, like eddie sanchez, sent texts to his mother, he's coming. i'm going to die. justice is among the dead. >> shooting back and forth. >> reporter: seven minutes into the attack, club management post this had message on facebook. everyone get out of pulse and keep running. >> about 2:12 i got a phone call from my daughter that she was hit and bleeding and was going to pass out. >> reporter: the terrorist made a call to 911 20 minutes into the massacre, pledging
allegiance to isis and mentioning the boston marathon bombers. leading to a tense three-hour standoff. >> they start like doing this, crawling toward the bathroom. there's no place to be safe in that place. >> reporter: one survivor, hiding in the bathroom, covered herself with dead bodies. around 5:00 am, police make the decision to storm the club with an armed vehicle and s.w.a.t. team members in hopes of saving lives. one of the officers shot at by the terrorist lucky to be alive because of his kevlar helmet. the terrorist killed in the gunfight with police. outside, victims laying on the street. others carried away by friends as families rushed to the club. >> my son hasn't been heard from. i don't know if he was lef in the club, if he got shot. >> waiting to find out if my son is okay. it's horrible. i don't wish this on anybody.
>> just unimaginable to think about what went on inside that club and all of the loved ones waiting for word while they were outside. our next guest described the terror attack as the most difficult day in orlando's history. up next, we talk live to the city's mayor, buddy dyer. we'll be right back.
the city of orlando is a wonderful place. today, it is the focus of the world for all the wrong reasons. deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history, families still desperately waiting for answers on the fate of loved ones. this is about leadership now, community coming together. and all of this country asking the same questions. we have a man in the center of it all, the mayor of orlando, mayor buddy dyer. mr. mayor, always a pleasure to see you. today, this is a horrible way to make an introduction. you made a point in front of the cameras of saying there's so many questions. let's start with what we know. this community has been hurt for all the wrong reasons. and now it needs to come together.
how do you reassure your constituents, who now feel like this is an everyday possibility? >> yesterday was the most horrific day in the history of our city. today, i couldn't be more proud of our community in the way it's responded from the first responders who were at the scene to the medical doctors and nurses who saved so many lives. the stories that are coming out about the citizens that were in pulse that saved other people, some that gave their lives to save friends, pushing them out of harm's way. incredibly proud of all that. and then as the community has shown support for the families of the victims. i can't compliment the fbi, the medical directer more for helping us get the victims identified. 48 of the 49 victims have been identified. we made identification to 26 of the families. that's where our focus is today, taking care of those families and friends and starting to heal
this community. >> so many who still need answers about whether or not their loved one is among the dead, whether they are among the injured. this horrible image of investigators walking through and hearing the cell phones going off. how close are you to a complete accounting of everyone who was hurt, where they are, who they are and those that are gone? >> we have identified 48 of the 49. we have one last identification to do. we're in the process of making identification. we're sending teams with law enforcement with advocates to the homes. we're doing this physically. we're not making phone calls. but if there are families out there that think they have a loved one that might have been involved here, reaching out to our hotline would be important. we're a united community today. we are a community that embraces diversity, embraces equality. and we will be stronger because of this. >> do you take some perspective from the idea that this was -- we've never seen gays targeted
like this, in this country. no question whether this is directly related to isis, going after gays is a big part of their hate campaign. to have gays targeted this way, so many latino victims. the overwhelming number of dead here will wind up being latino, ma many puerto rican. >> we're known for our diversity. the new melting pot here in america. to target our lgbt community has been subject to hate crime for so long, just reminds us that we're not over that hump in terms of acceptance. we accept and embrace it here in orlando. that's not the case everywhere. >> people are going to talk guns, right and wrong. it's going to happen. we've seen far too many. there's a window into something that doesn't make sense. one of the things here is the
fbi looked at this guy twice, mayor. they closed one case. the other one -- he goes to buy a gun. fbi does a background check. they didn't have the ability to pick up the phone and talk to him. that's something we should be thinking about in the days and weeks ahead as the families demand change. >> i think that is probably the case. i can honestly tell you, i haven't focused on that aspect. >> you have been focused on -- >> the gunman at all other than -- >> do you think we should -- what do you think about that, as a leader in the community with people coming to you. we won't say his name here, right or wrong. what do you feel the balance should be and where the attention should be? >> we move away from the gunman. my job, i feel, is to sport my community, be there for the families. be there for our first responders. there are others that can worry about this bad guy. we took care of business in a manner we needed to last night
or the night before, i guess. they kind of run together. our community needs to be focused inward on healing and supporting the families of the victims. >> we're still developing in this situation. there's still so much unknown. there will be needs and they'll get greater as days go ahead. >> so many communities have reached out, communities that have had tragedies there before have reached out to say here are things in the aftermath that you can learn from the lessons we learned. we're so thankful of the support we're getting from all over the country. >> hopefully, the story becomes not about what was lost but what was gained here as you move forward. mayor, we're here for you. thank you for being with us this morning. appreciate it. we'll take a quick break. when we come back, we'll bring in other voices about what this means and what should happen now. former congressional candidate clay aiken has been looking at the politics and calling out donald trump for not calling the
terror attack at a gay nightclub a hate crime. also the president of glad to come on to talk about who was specifically targeted. many lost and hurt were latino. how do we deal with that going forward? next. i'm in vests and as a vested investor in vests, i invest with e*trade, where investors can investigate and invest in vests... or not in vests. sign up at etrade.com and get up to six hundred dollars.
53 others injured at that gay nightclub behind us in what is now the worst mass shooting in u.s. history. the lgbt community hit hard by this tragedy. glad president and singer/activist, former congressional candidate clay aiken. thank you both for being here on this terrible morning. people see this, whatever was at the root of this hideous crime, some call it radical islamist, phobia. how do you see it? >> it's a hate crime. people have sent me messages about hate crimes against. it's a homegrown problem, too. we can skracapegoat it on islam. he grew up in america with
politicians here telling him, giving him the example through laws and legislation that it's okay to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation. this is the problem here in america whether it's terrorism from islam or not. >> it takes it to a new level, we all agree. discrimination that you and others have felt is one thing. to go on a massive killing spree is just -- obviously, it's unthinkable. >> it is. however, we face violence in the lgbt community every single day. to clay's point, we've seen over 100 anti-lgbt bills this past year, breeding hate, discrimination and that ends up in violence. something like that happened on sunday morning is horrific at every level. and is a definite new level. this is continuing. this is a continuation. >> not an isolated event. seattle, gay club was burned down in seattle a few years ago. dallas police are still trying to solve dozens of battered gay
men who were beaten with baseball bats as they came out of clubs. that was just in the last few months. this is a tragedy but highlights a problem that is ongoing and is not new. >> what's the feeling of the gay community today? what's the call to action? >> two feelings. absolute sadness. we feel targeted again. and we want to see our politicians. we want to see people standing up for us. then there's a galvanization. the gay community, for decades, have galvanized around pain and suffering. we will again. acceptance will prevail and love will win. >> the pair docks is that it is gay pride month, time for revelry, celebrations. can that still happen? >> we're one year out from a landmark case of gay marriage equality. there's still a lot of stuff that has to happen. pride is about celebrating but also talking about the progress we still need to make.
i said something yesterday, that gay men who survived this horrible attack can still go to work here in florida today and have their boss fire them because they're gay. that happens. there are 27, 26 states around this country where that's allowed. there's still a lot of progress to be made. pride, this year, i think, takes on a heavier tone because of this. but really reinfors how much work is still left to be done. >> after hoshlg event horrible this, people don't want it to be in vain. they want it to be a catalyst for something. >> it continues to happen in this country. we point out instead of in. we need to point in, look at the hate and discrimination we foster in this country and we allow to happen in this country. >> what do you want to happen? what's the first thing you want to have happen tomorrow? >> tomorrow i want the community
to continue to come together. i want to hear the politicians from both sides speaking out against this, acknowledging that this was an lgbt incident, that this was against lgbt people. >> it's a dishonor to the people who passed from this tragedy to assume they weren't targeted because of their sexual orientation. she's right. we need to hear politicians speak up and acknowledge that and see legislation that's sat in congress since 1994, employment nondiscrimination has sat there for 30 years now and had an not been passed. these are things we need to start moving on. >> clay aiken, sarah, thank you for being on "new day" with us. breaking coverage of the orlando terror attacks will continue after this short break. we'll have "newsroom" with carol cost ello and erin burnett after this. you both have a
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and good morning. this is our breaking news coverage, continuing here at cnn. i'm erin burnette. carol costello also here with me in florida. i'm outside the medical center where many victims are fighting for their lives. the latest this morning, 49 people killed. the 50g9 as we have been reporting. the shooter, who also killed himself. and i believe we want to get straight here as our coverage continues, to boris right now, who is with us with the very latest that we understand. boris? >> reporter: hey, good morning, erin. we just got details from officials about an hour and a half ago that we didn't have before. first off, the primary focus is to notify the next of kin of the 49 people killed as a result of this shooter. it's within a long, arduous process of not only processing but