Disney, SeaWorld express deep grief over Orlando shooting
Entertainment giants Disney and SeaWorld have expressed deep grief over the deadly nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and extended condolences to the near and dear ones of the victims.
Omar Mateen, 29, carried an assault rifle and a pistol into a gay nightclub called Pulse at around 2 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire at people present there, killing 50 and wounding another 53. He called 911 and pledged allegiance to the militant group ISIS.
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, said in statement, “We are all heartbroken by the tragic and horrific events in Orlando, and offer our thoughts, prayers and support to everyone in our community affected by this senseless act.”
On Sunday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Santa Monica police took a man into custody for carrying explosives and guns in his car. The suspect told police that he was going to L.A. Pride. However, it is yet to be ascertained if he had any connection to the nightclub shooter.
SeaWorld also released a statement, saying the company’s thoughts and prayers were with all of those touched by the tragedy that occurred in the Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning.
Both entertainment giants also assured that they would continuously review their security procedures and make adjustments and boost security if necessary.
Law enforcement officials also assured that they always take Disneyland and SeaWorld “very seriously” and the parks would be closely watched in wake of the most recent deadly act of terrorism.
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