Homeland Security chairman: Orlando a 'sobering reminder' that radical Islamists target U.S.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called the overnight mass shootings at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub a “sobering reminder” that radical Islamists target the U.S.


“This appears to be the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11,” McCaul said in a statement.

“It is a sobering reminder that radical Islamists are targeting our country and our way of life. But Americans will not be intimidated by these fanatics. Instead, tragedies like we saw in Orlando only strengthen our resolve to fight back against terror and prevail over extremism wherever it emerges.”

Omar Mateen, a resident of Florida, has been identified as the gunman at an Orlando nightclub where 50 people were killed.

An agent from the FBI’s Orlando field office said there are “suggestions” that the suspect may have had “leanings” toward radical Islamic ideology.

"We can't say definitively, so we're still running everything to ground," he added.