The Washington Post's great, fast work at investigating the shooter's father, who lives in the USA; he's an Afghan Taliban supporter and has a nonprofit registered in the USA. The Wapo report was published at 2:53 PM EDT.
UPDATE 4:04 PM
Adds 2 paragraphs from ABC report re details of U.S. investigation of the shooter. See 2:40 update.
UPDATE 3:15 PM
ISIS claims responsibility for Orlando mass shooting – affiliated agency
Published time: 12 Jun, 2016 18:30 Edited time: 12 Jun, 2016 18:44
UPDATE 2:40 PM
If the shooter was on the US radar for "some time" how did he get/keep a gun license and a job as a security official? (see Fox report in 2:13 PM EDT)
From ABC News [emphasis mine]
Video of Obama's 5 minute statement on Orlando Massacre. Yes of course he tried to turn this into a 'teachable moment.'
UPDATE 2:13 PM EDT
From The Dallas Morning News:
The attack is being investigated as an act of terrorism. The shooter had previously been investigated by the FBI for comments he made about radical Islamic propaganda, NBC News reported.Obama's presser has "just concluded" according to White House site.
Officials said that in a call to police before the club attack, the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, swore allegiance to the leader of ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombers, NBC and CNN reported.
UPDATE 2:13 PM EDT - Fox Report
> Seb Gorka on Fox just now. His message to Obama, stop with the political correctness, this is war on America. Here is link to Fox video of interview. Seb was interivewed Friday night on the John Batchelor Show about terrorism. Here's the podcast.
> From the Fox audio report accompanying the below report, it looks as if there will be many questions about how the police handled the attack. According to the audio report about 20 of the club patrons were shot and several taken hostage after the gunman ran back into the building after a shootout with police outside the club. Of course this report is a still part of the 'fog of war' phase.
> Obama will be giving a presser at 1:30 PM EDT today
> Dead shooter worked as a licensed security official with license to carry a gun (see Fox report below)
> Death toll now at 50 will probably rise because several among the 53 wounded are in critical condition (Fox)
> No additional information on a possible second shooter; see my earlier report for a quote from an eyewitness who said he saw a second shooter.
June 12 - no timestamp on report