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He had ‘no relationship with any of the other patrons,’ Chief Mark Piepmeier said.
He was ‘in a compartmentalized and protected environment’ at the Pulse nightclub.
‘The people who were killed are a part of our community,’ he added.
‘They were our friends.
It’s an awful, awful tragedy.’
He had no connection to any of those individuals, Piepaures said.
The chief added that he had spoken to a witness who said Mateen ‘was in a compartment that was compartmentalised and protected by the people who worked there.’
The Orlando police chief said Mateens motive for the shooting was unclear, and that investigators are trying to figure out if the suspect was motivated by political or religious views.
The attack occurred in a small, crowded nightclub packed with patrons and staff.
Police said the shooter was armed with an assault-style rifle and a handgun and wore a black hooded sweatshirt with a white stripe.
Authorities have said that the shooter targeted victims in a different part of the club, and the victims were shot multiple times.
Police said that a woman in her 20s was shot and killed when she intervened as the gunman tried to open fire on a group of people.
Two men, one of whom was killed, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Piepauers comments came after two of the victims spoke with reporters and described how they had just been getting into a cab when they saw people being shot in the back.’
The first thing that comes to mind is my sister-in-law, who is also a nurse, who had been sitting next to me and I was just standing there, and I just kept screaming to my sister, ‘Don’t go, please don’t go,’ because I thought that the attacker was getting closer to us,’ said Orlando resident Jessica DeJesus.’
And I kept saying, ‘Just get out of the car, just get out, please, please. Please.”