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Gunman Who Killed 50 In An Orlando Club Has Been Identified

According to reports, Omar Saddiqui Matten--who was later killed by authorities--is the man responsible for the gruesome shooting.

At least 50 people were killed and 53 have been hospitalized due to a mass shooting that took place early Sunday morning (June 12) at an Orlando gay nightclub, Police Chief John Mina said.

As of 9AM, the casualties were estimated at about 20, but as of noon, that number drastically increased to 50, with the Mayor of Orlando asking the governor to declare a state of emergency to bring in additional resources.

"Our focus will be to identify the victims and notifying the families. We're setting up a hotline for concerned family members," Mayor Buddy Dyer said while addressing the press.

Mina told reporters this was no random act, and the shooter--who has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Matten and later killed by authorities--had a well formulated plan.

"It's appears he was organized and well-prepared," Mina said, also adding the gunman had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and "some type of (other) device on him."

Orlando authorities said they think this is an act of domestic terrorism, and the FBI is now investigating.

The shooting began at about 2 a.m. outside of club Pulse. Local law enforcement responded to calls and an officer and the shooter engaged in a shootout before the shooter entered the club. Mina told reporters once the shooter was inside, it turned into a hostage situation with local authorities receiving calls from people inside who weren't near the gunman.

More police arrived on the scene later breaking down the door with an armored vehicle, thus helping about 30 people to safety. One Pulse attendee gathered the shooting lasted for several minutes.

"It's just shocking," Christopher Hansen who heard the shots said. "[It was] just one after another after another. It could have lasted a whole song,"

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Louisville International Airport To Be Renamed After Muhammad Ali

Louisville, Kentucky's hometown hero will have an airport named after him.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed after Muhammad Ali.

"Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville," Fischer said.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people."

The city is hoping to finalize the renaming of the Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport by June. The news was shared a day before the two year anniversary of Ali's 2016 death. Ali would've been 77.

Officials with the Louisville airport are currently working on receiving approval from Ali's family, however, they say an agreement is near. The decision for the rename to hopefully increase tourism.

"It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy," the mayor added. "And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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Family Of Murdered Florida Woman Awarded $500 Million In Civil Suit

Eighteen years after the death of Kalil McCoy, her surviving family has been awarded $500 million in damages.

In 2001, McCoy, 20, was shot in the head by Frederick Lee Wade, 19, after an argument over opening a window inside a vehicle. According to reports, Wade and two other men in the car at the time discarded McCoy's body and concocted a story about what happened. Her body was found two days later.

Lynette Roebuck, McCoy's mother blamed Wade for her daughter's death. He was originally sentenced to life in prison, but after winning a retrial, is now serving a reduced 45-year-prison sentence.

"Wade will still have a little bit of life left. But this will always be over your head. If you get a dime, it is not going to be your dime. It will be Kalil's dime," Roebuck said.

"He still gets an opportunity to get out of prison and live. He could be 70 on a cane walking around to a park or movies. But my daughter can't do any of that. This will make a statement and let people know,"

The other men involved, Kennard Deshun Mahone and Jonathon Marichal Brooks, served one year in county jail with 12 years probation. They were also named in the civil suit.

Despite the ruling, it's unlikely all three men will pay the sum in total. Wade has constantly said McCoy's death was an accident, claiming the gun went off accidentally.

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Government Shutdown Prompts Hunger Strike Inside Manhattan Jail

As the country enters its 26th day since the partial government shutdown, some inmates inside a Manhattan detention center have decided to partake in a hunger strike after family visits were canceled for the second week due to a lack of staffing.

According to the New York Times, inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, or M.C.C have denied their breakfast and lunch meals. The facility, which holds about 800, is one of the most important in the federal prison system and has housed few infamous names including Mexican drug leader El Chapo and terrorists.

Federal public defender Sarah Baumgartel said she learned of the hunger strike from a detainee she represents. Baumgartel declined to identify the inmate out of fear he'd be singled out. "They have already refused a meal — I believe they refused breakfast and lunch.”

Along with canceled family visits, the dispensing of medication to inmates in need has also been affected. The New York Times reports a prosecutor inside a federal court was "informed" that because of the shutdown, there are issues with prescribing medication.”

On Monday (Jan. 16) Bureau of Prisons lawyer Adam Johnson emailed  defense lawyers stating “due to staff shortages,” attorneys would not be able to speak with their clients at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. "We regret the inconvenience and will notify you immediately once visiting resumes.”

The partial government shutdown is a stand off between Donald Trump's demands for funding to construct a wall along the U.S- Mexican border and a newly elected Democratic Congress refusing to acquiesce.

Since then, more than 800,000 employees have gone without pay.

 

 

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