The Washington Post is Reporting, “Police in Orlando said ‘approximately 20 people’ were killed (ED, 50 now reported dead) in what authorities are calling an act of domestic terrorism, and many others were injured in the violence at Pulse, a popular gay bar and dance club. Officials said the shooter was shot and killed by police officers in a shootout.” It’s unusual to identify an incident like this as terror-related so quickly. It took what seemed like days before authorities acknowledged the obvious after the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
CBS News has identified the shooter as Omar Mateen.
The WaPo gave a helpful hint as to how they’d like the narrative on this to play out in an election year. Rather than stress the apparent jihadi and any Islamic terror roots and motivations, authors Adam Goldman, Peter Holley and Mark Berman made sure to connect last night’s horror with yesterday’s wholly unrelated shooting of a TV singer by an apparent stalker.
The early-Sunday rampage followed the fatal shooting Friday night of a pop singer who was killed while signing autographs following a performance at an Orlando concert venue. Christina Grimmie, a 22-year-old singer who was a finalist on NBC’s show “The Voice,” died hours after being shot by a gunman who then shot himself, police said.
Translation: the problem is guns. It’s always been guns. A slant on the story which should fit conveniently with the points of emphasis that Hillary will no doubt stress on this morning’s gabfests.