UPDATE: Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 06122016 – State Police Statement on Orlando Shooting
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.
No further information is available at this time.
Please see below for initial release on this incident.
Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 06122016 – State Police Statement on Orlando Shooting
The Massachusetts State Police and our partner agencies at the Commonwealth Fusion Center and in the Joint Terrorism Task Force thus far have found no connection to Massachusetts on the parts of suspected Orlando gunman and his spouse. We continue to monitor the investigation into this horrific mass shooting and will provide updates to local media and citizens if necessary. Our prayers today are with the victims and their loved ones. We remain resolute, standing side-by-side with our federal and local partners in law enforcement, in our counter-terrorism mission.