The Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is condemning a shooting at an Orlando nightclub.
“We condemn this monstrous attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured,” said Rasha Mubarak, the Orlando regional coordinator for CAIR-Florida. “The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. In an email Sunday, the group said its Muslim and interfaith leaders planned to hold a news conference to condemn the shooting.
A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and handgun opened fire inside a Florida nightclub before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers early Sunday morning.
Police officials said 50 people were killed in the shooting at Pulse Orlando. Another 53 people were hospitalized. According to The Associated Press, the shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie.
Law enforcement officials said they’re investigating whether the incident was an act of terrorism.