US Senate to Hold Moment of Silence to Honor Orlando Shooting Victims

© AP Photo / Phelan M. EbenhackOrlando Police officers direct family members away from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016
Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The US Senate will have a moment of silence on Monday afternoon in honor of the Orlando massacre victims.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Senate will have a moment of silence on Monday afternoon in honor of the Orlando massacre victims, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on his Twitter on Monday.

“The #Senate will hold a moment of silence at 4:00 PM this afternoon to honor the victims of the #Orlando tragedy,” the message said.

​Early on Sunday morning, a shooter identified as US national Omar Mateen, opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida killing 49 people and injuring at least 53 others. The 29 year-old shooter was previously investigated by US law enforcement for possible ties to terrorist organization.

US President Barack Obama said on Monday that Mateen had been influenced by extremists, but there is no evidence of a larger terror plot against the United States. Obama also confirmed that the attack was investigated as an act of terrorism.

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