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Orlando gunman's Imam says "no room for extremism"

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:23

The Imam of a Florida mosque attended by the shooter who killed 50 people at a gay nightclub says ''only God knows what was in his mind.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The imam of the Florida mosque attended by the gunman in the Orlando nightclub shooting described Omar Matteen as a quiet man who would visit regularly, but rarely interacted with others. The imam said Mateen attended the mosque for almost 10 years. "This is the act of the individual due to what is cooking in his mind, we don't know, only God knows what was in his mind," said Syed Shafeeq Rahman, who heads the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. Rahman said Mateen never approached him regarding any concerns about homosexuals. "It was a double or triple fold tragedy for us that something happened and it had a link and a relationship to us so I was much more in shock and intrigued than anybody else," Rahman said. Rahman said police told him they wouldn't be available to station officers around the mosque. He said he plans to bring in extra security and lighting to give the congregation some sense of security. A man armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, which President Barack Obama described as an act of terror and hate. Police killed the shooter, Mateen, a Florida resident and U.S. citizen who was the son of immigrants from Afghanistan.

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Orlando gunman's Imam says "no room for extremism"

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:23