We hope that our fellow Americans will not let fear become disabling,” Comey said.
He added that fear “is what these savages want.”FBI agents scrambled Monday to recover data from Mateen’s electronic media — cellphones, computers and other devices — hoping to find clues to what sparked the massacre at the nightclub, according to current and former FBI officials.
See more of our top stories on Facebook »On Sunday morning, Mateen told a 911 dispatcher that he was attacking Pulse on behalf of the leader of Islamic State, FBI Director James B. Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Fla., was killed by a SWAT team and was among the 50 found dead at the site. But Mateen, who was born in New York, had also expressed solidarity with the 2013 Boston bombers and an American suicide bomber who belonged to an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria opposed to Islamic State, Comey said.
When more police responded, additional officers entered the club and traded fire with the gunman."At that time we were able to save and rescue dozens and dozens of people and get them out of the club," Mina said.
Mateen holed up with four to five hostages in a bathroom, while 15 to 20 more people were trapped in another bathroom nearby, Mina said.
The White House announced that President Obama would travel to Orlando on Thursday “to pay his respects to victims’ families and to stand in solidarity with the community.”As of midday Monday, all but two of the 49 slain victims had been publicly identified after notification of their families. “When the police went in, they told people, ‘Raise your hand if you’re alive,’ ” she said.
“Some of the living covered themselves with the dead.”She and other officials have asked residents to hold off on staging a vigil until all the victims are identified.“We will not be defined by the act of a cowardly hater,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.
"He told us he had a wife and child."As soon as West saw photos of Mateen released after the shooting, he said, he drove to his local police station, where officers summoned FBI officials, who showed him a photo of Mateen on a computer screen.“I said, ‘That’s him,’” West said, and turned over his phone and Jack’d log-in information to the FBI, which still had the phone late Monday, he said.