WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama on Thursday will pay his respects in Orlando to the victims of the country’s worst shooting massacre.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a written statement late Monday Obama would travel to the Florida city to “stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery.”
Earnest didn’t provide any details about Obama’s visit, but said additional information would be forthcoming before the trip.
Speaking in the Oval Office Monday, Obama described the attack as a result of “home grown extremism,” but said the attacker wasn’t being directed by any particular terror organization.
He described the massacre as a “devastating attack on all Americans.”
“It is one that is particularly painful for the people of Orlando, but I think we all recognize that this could have happened anywhere in this country,” Obama said. “And we feel enormous solidarity and grief on behalf of the families that have been affected.”
It was the second time Obama addressed cameras about the Orlando killings, which took place overnight Sunday at a gay night club. He said during the day afterward that the crime — where 49 people were killed and more than 50 others injured — was being investigated as a terror attack.
Obama is expected to address the shooting again Tuesday following a meeting of his National Security Council at the Treasury Department in Washington. The meeting is meant to focus on cutting off funding for ISIS.
The security company that employed the Orlando nightclub gunman says it has no record of a co-worker’s complaints that the shooter was angry, profane and threatened violence.
The company, G4S, says in a statement Monday that it has no record of any complaint by Daniel Gilroy against Omar Mateen. Mateen died in a gun battle with police after a mass shooting that left 49 people.
Gilroy told The New York Times that Mateen started badgering him and sending dozens of text messages to him daily, and that he reported Mateen’s behavior to his bosses.
However, G4S says Gilroy told company officials in June 2015, shortly after he left the firm, that his co-workers were “good men and women that put in an honest day’s work and genuinely like to work as a team and contribute.”
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Target to honor employees caught in shooting
Target stores across the U.S. are going silent Tuesday to honor two employees, one who worked at the retailer and another who worked at a Starbucks inside the store.
A third Target employee who works at an in-store coffee shop remains in critical condition as a result of the nightclub shooting early Sunday.
The employees slain in the attack were Mercedez Marisol Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo.
Family and friends say the 26-year-old Flores worked at an Orlando-area Target while attending community college in hopes of becoming a party planner.
The 20-year-old Ocasio-Capo worked at a Starbucks shop inside a Kissimmee Target store while studying theater. His sister says he would’ve been auditioning for a play Tuesday.
The name of the worker in critical condition wasn’t released.