ORLANDO, Florida: The gunman behind a mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, has been identified as a citizen of Afghan descent, US television networks reported on Sunday.
Quoting law enforcement sources, CBS News named the shooter as Omar Mateen, who was born to Afghan parents in 1986 and lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
The network reported that Mateen — who died in a shootout with police after the hostage siege — has no apparent criminal history and that authorities are investigating whether he had ties to Islamic extremism.
Police have yet to officially identify the gunman. AFP