In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12th, 2016 an American-born, alleged radicalized Muslim terrorist walked into Pulse, a LGBT bar in Orlando, Florida and committed the worst mass murder in the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks. A Orlando Police officer working at Pulse in a uniformed, off-duty security capacity, engaged the suspect with his sidearm shortly after the first shots rang out. However, based upon early reports, it appears the murderer’s rifle fire (and the very crowded venue) was enough to keep the off-duty officer from effectively engaging the threat, bringing on a horrific scene of multiple killings.
The Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded quickly, but after dozens of deaths and injuries, the terrorist herded a large group of hostages into the women’s restroom where a nearly three-hour stand-off ensued. We’ll break down the nightmare dynamics of an active shooter event turned barricaded hostage taking dilemma.