DETROIT (WWJ) – Federal authorities say Omar Mateen, the suspect in the mass nightclub shooting in Orlando, called 911 during the attack and pledged his allegiance to ISIS.
Dawud Walid the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan says Mateen doesn’t represent Muslims in the U.S. His message to the public; Muslims are American and as all other Americans, they are loyal to their country even if they disagree with certain issues.
“The rule of American Muslims is to abide by the laws of the land and to be peaceful and this recent extremist act that took place this morning, is the rare exception and in no way embodies our morals or our values as Americans citizens who just happen to be Muslims,” said Walid.
Walid says local mosques will take property safety precautions in case there is backlash.
This is being called the deadliest massacre in U.S. history.