REPORT: Suspected Accomplice to be Arrested–Connected to Orlando Terrorist

Details are few so far. Check out what they’re saying about the supposed accomplice.

Gunman Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, leaving at least 49 people dead and 53 wounded before he was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members.

UPDATE 6 p.m.

The 48th victim of the Pulse Orlando mass shooting has been identified as Akyra Monet Murray, 18.

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Murray, who was from Philadelphia, was in Orlando with her family, celebrating her graduation from West Catholic Preparatory High School. Her mother, Natalie Murray, she was on the phone with her wounded daughter as she cowered in a bathroom stall hiding from the shooter.

Natalie Murray said Akyra sent a text message at 2 a.m. on Sunday, pleading for her parents to pick her up from the nightclub because there had been a shooting.

Moments later, Akyra called her mother screaming, saying she was losing a lot of blood.

The 18-year-old was an honors student who graduated third in her class last week. She was headed to Mercyhurst College in Erie on a full basketball scholarship.

5 p.m.

Sources told Channel 9 Monday that law enforcement could possibly make an arrest in the next few days of someone who allegedly helped the Orlando gunman carryout the mass shooting inside Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people on Sunday.

“We have no reason to believe that anyone connected to this crime is placing the public in imminent danger at this time,” said US Attorney Lee Bentley.

4:32 p.m.

The owner of the St. Lucie Shooting Center where Omar Mateen purchased weapons days before he massacred 49 people in Orlando, said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “did not shut us down today. We decided to shut the doors so ATF could complete the investigation.”

“I’m just sorry he picked my place. I wish he picked no place,” said owner Edward Henson.

Investigators said Mateen purchased a rifle and a handgun from the St. Lucie Shooting Center days before he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“He passed a background check,” said Henson.

ATF Special Agent Trevor Velinor said during a news conference Sunday that Mateen bought the weapons legally within the last week.


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