Authorities update the Pulse nightclub shooting investigation

OPD and OCSO update shooting investigation.

- On Monday the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Orlando Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office held another press conference to update the public on the investigation from the shooting at the Pulse nightclub. 

FBI Assistant Special Agent Ronald Hopper said that the investigation has been a "life-changing experience" for every member of law enforcement on the case. Currently the FBI has no evidence that Omar Mateen was directed by a foreign terrorist group and that he was self-radicalized. When asked why the Justice Department's release omitted any references to ISIS, Hopper said, "We are not going to propagate violent rhetoric."

The FBI says the investigation could very well take months, even years before completion and that they are currently investigating into anyone who may have supported or conspired with the shooter. In just over a week Hopper said that the FBI has interviewed more than 500 people, they've received over 1000 tips, and have process more than 600 pieces of evidence.

At the press conference Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said, "For years we have been preparing and training for these types of events.

Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department revealed that eight people were saved when officers pushed through an air conditioner vent into the nightclub.

The investigation remains ongoing. If you have any details or information on the shooting, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI. 

In addition, on Monday the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office released a statement saying that Omar Mateen's body has been released from their facility. 

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