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Orlando shooting suspect, Omar Mateen, reportedly pledged his allegiance to Isis

The suspected gunman in the Orlando massacre on Sunday has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen.

It's alleged that Mateen is responsible for the mass shooting at the gay nightclub, Pulse, in Florida which has left at least 50 people dead and 53 injured.

US correspondent and CBS reporter Harley Carnes says that the suspect is said to have called 911 in the midst of the shooting, declaring his allegiance to Islamic terror group Isis.

According to Carnes, the federal government had previously investigated Mateen for his terrorist sympathies but overlooked his profile because he had no criminal record and appeared to pose no threat.

Carnes says that investigators are yet to determine if the attack was an isolated incident or part of a larger Isis operation.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

Florida expat says Orlando shooting is 'something we've come to expect' in US

Despite the undeniable shock of the Orlando attack, Kai Jacobsen (a South African living in Tampa Bay, Florida) says that mass shootings have become a tragic norm in the United States.

Jacobsen says that political reaction to the incident could affect the presidential election due in November this year.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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