Officials say the Orlando nightclub shooter referred to the Boston Marathon bombers and pledged allegiance to ISIS during his attacks on an Orlando nightclub.
During a conference call with federal officials, the Massachusetts State police learned that the shooter referenced the Boston Marathon Bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers.
The man identified as the shooter, Omar Mateen, referenced the Boston Marathon bombers during a call to the police roughly 20 minutes into the attack on Pulse nightclub.
A spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, David Procopio said in a statement,
“During a conference call with federal law enforcement officials a short time ago, Massachusetts State Police and other local law enforcement authorities learned that the Orlando nightclub gunman, during his rampage, pledged allegiance to ISIS and referenced the Tsarnaev brothers, the terrorists who exploded bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon. In light of that information, the Commonwealth Fusion Center continues to share information and intelligence with federal authorities investigating the Orlando terrorist act as well as with police assigned to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center.
As previously stated, the names of the gunman and his wife did not appear in any databases of potential terrorist suspects maintained by local authorities; however, law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts continue to work with federal authorities to learn more about the nature of the statement about the Tsarnaev brothers attributed to the Orlando terrorist.”
According to Procopio, Omar Mateen and his spouse are not connected to Massachusetts in any way.
Boston police asserted they would put more police in the areas of gay clubs and Boston Pride celebrations for security purposes.