President Barack Obama will visit Orlando, Florida, site of the deadliest mass shooting in US history after a lone gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub, killing 49 people, according to a CNN report on Tuesday, June 14.
Obama led world leaders in condemning the “act of hate” by Omar Mateen, 29, and offered prayers for the victims. Mateen himself was killed when security forces rammed into the club to stop the carnage.
Obama will make his way into the city to “stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, according to the report.
In an official statement, Obama called the shooting “an act of hate” and described the suspect as “a person filled with hatred.”
“This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends — our fellow Americans — who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live,” said Obama.
“So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American — regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation — is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country,” he added.