FBI on Orlando Attack: It Was ‘Both’ a Hate Crime and an Act of Terror

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FBI Special Agent in charge Ronald Hopper briefed reporters in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday regarding the terror attack at Pulse nightclub early Sunday that left 49 people killed and at least 53 wounded.

He explained the bureau’s ongoing investigation is a matter of examining the details of that night and the facts leading up to the shooting.

When asked to comment on whether the attack was a hate crime or an act of terrorism, Hopper replied, “It’s both.”

“This was an act of violence born out of hate that inflicted terror on an entire community," he said. "So I would call it a hate crime. I would call it terrorism. It’s both."

Hopper noted that there are no impending charges at this time. The shooter remains the main subject of the FBI's investigation. 

“Right now… There are no impending charges,” said Hopper. “If someone is able to be charged, we will bring them to justice.”

He refused to comment on what types of firearms were used.

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