ORLANDO, FL (TIP): The world stood shocked and reminded of terrorist attacks in various parts of the world when the news of the worst mass shooting in the history of America broke out. A lone wolf gunman killed 49 at Pulse club, a popular gay night bar in Orlando, on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Another 53 were injured; either because of the gunshot injuries or because of the stampede that followed the gunman’s opening fire. It may be recalled that the earlier worst shootings in the US had taken placeat Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, claiming 32 and 27 lives.
The gunman who was also killed has been identified as Omar Seddique Mateen, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent.The suspect, 29 is from Fort Pierce, Florida. Mateen worked as a private security guard. He rented a car and drove to Orlando to carry out the attack, as reported by a TV channel.
“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. The shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and “some type of (other) device on him.”
The whole world, from Australia and New Zealand to San Francisco has shared the grief of the victims’ families and mourned for the victims of the carnage.
Memorials, candlelight vigils and moments of silence were observed in cities around the globe as the world stopped to reflect on the violence that unraveled Sunday early morning at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
We bring to our readers glimpses of mourning in the form of prayers and vigil in various parts of the world. On Monday, June 13 evening, thousands of Londoners came out in solidarity for an Orlando shooting vigil in the historically gay neighborhood of Soho.
Crowds gathered in and around gay bars on Old Compton Street, an LGBTQ thoroughfare.
A deluge of photos and videos from Monday evening’s gathering was shared on Twitter.
— CNN (@CNN) June 16, 2016