Omar Mir Seddique Mateen was identified as the suspect in this morning’s Orlando nightclub shooting.
CBS said that Mateen was a citizen from Port St. Lucie, about 125 miles south of Orlando. He was 29 years old, and his parents are from Afghanistan.
Mateen died at the scene after he was shot by police at about 5 a.m.. He had barricaded himself in the nightclub after opening fire. Witnesses reported that some of their friends were hiding in dressing rooms and bathrooms, trying to stay safe.
A video from the scene appears to show the moment the SWAT team engaged in a final gun battle with the suspect:
He was living in an apartment in Fort Pierce.
CNN reported that the shooter called 911 around the time of the attack early this morning to pledge allegiance to ISIS. He also mentioned the Boston bombers on that 911 call, according to a U.S. official.
Authorities told NBC News that Mateen was born in New York in 1986.
He was a U.S. citizen.
The suspect was known to the FBI, CNN said. He was on the agency’s radar as suspected of being ISIS sympathizers.