Fire at Orlando shooter's mosque investigated as arson
Fire officials in St. Lucie County, Florida are investigating a fire at a mosque where Orlando shooter Omar Mateen attended. (Video St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office)
The Associated Press , WXIA 8:24 AM. EDT September 12, 2016
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fl.-- Authorities in Florida say a fire at the mosque that was attended by the gunman in the Orlando nightclub shooting is being investigated a as a possible arson.
In an update on its official Facebook page, The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said surveillance video shows someone approaching the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce moments before a flash was seen and the fire started early Monday.
The mosque was attended by Omar Mateen, who opened fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 in a rampage that left 49 victims dead and 53 wounded. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
NBC news reports it is also the mosque where suicide bomber Moner Mohammad Abu Salha worshiped. He killed himself and several Syrian troops in a truck bombing last May.
Multiple agencies, including the State Fire Marshal's Office, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI, are investigating. Sheriff's officials say they'll be releasing the video and asking for the public's help in identifying the person seen in the video.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office posted a message about the fire on their Facebook page calling the fire "alarming." Read the post, here.
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