Police and law enforcement officials continued to block off parts of South Orange Avenue near Pulse Nightclub on Monday morning, June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP
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The last of the bodies were removed from an Orlando gay nightclub overnight as investigators dug into the background of the gunman, who called 911 to profess allegiance to the ISIS during the attack that left 49 victims dead.The killer, who died in a gun battle with a SWAT team early Sunday, was identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American-born Muslim.Law enforcement authorities said Mateen made a 911 call from the club in which he professed allegiance to ISIS.Authorities have not said whether Mateen was directed by ISIS or simply acted in sympathy with the extremist group in a so-called lone wolf attack. The shooting started about 2 a.m., with more than 300 people inside the Pulse, where it was Latin night.The previous deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. was the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech, where a student killed 32 people before killing himself.In 2014, Hopper said, officials found that Mateen had ties to an American suicide bomber, but the agent described the contact as minimal, saying it did not constitute a threat at the time.Mateen exchanged gunfire with 14 police officers at the club and took hostages at one point.
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