Massachusetts State Police confirm that the Orlando, Florida, night club gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS and referenced the Tsarnaev brothers, the terrorists who exploded bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, during his rampage.
The suspected gunman, Omar Mateen, killed at least 50 people and injured 53 others early Sunday morning. The incident is now the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
In wake of the connection to the Boston bombings, the Commonwealth Fusion Center is sharing information with federal authorities investigating the Orlando terrorist act as well as with police assigned to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center.
State police add that the gunman did not appear in any local databases of potential terror suspects. Officials are working with federal authorities to learn more about the nature of the connection to the Tsarnaev brothers.
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