The Orlando Shootings at the Pulse gay night club is now the largest mass shooting in American History.  The mayor of Orlando confirmed that over fifty people have been killed along with over fifty who are injured.  In the age of instant information, we all want to know was it terrorism or a hate crime?

The Orlando Shootings at the Pulse gay night club is now the largest mass shooting in American History. The mayor of Orlando confirmed that over fifty people have been killed along with over fifty who are injured. In the age of instant information, we all want to know was it terrorism or a hate crime?

Here's what we are aware of and we'd like to emphasize that more facts will be released throughout the day. The shooter has been identified as twenty-nine-year-old Omar Mateen, a US citizen born in 1986 in New York. Authorities on the scene have speculated that he could've been radicalized but would not confirm that at this time.

Mateen's father told NBC News the following: "We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country. This had nothing to do with religion." The father went on to tell NBC News that Mateen became enraged when he saw two men kissing in Miami.

Authorities say Mateen used an AR15 type rifle and a handgun in the attacks. NBC News says that possibly the FBI or local authorities were looking at Mateen because of his associates. Currently, there was nothing that came from that investigation.

Reactions to this story are beginning to resonate throughout the country. Network anchors are urging the public to tone down the rhetoric and not to jump to conclusions. Perhaps Tom Brokaw should keep his opinions to himself. How long before the politicians try to use this tragedy for their own political game? I'd say the over/under on this case is 24 hours.

Witnesses inside the nightclub tell NBC News that they initially thought the gunfire was initially part of the music. Over twenty people were hiding inside the nightclub's bathroom waiting to be rescued by the Orlando Police Department. Special thanks to those folks in law enforcement who risk their lives to protect us from the Mateen's of the world. Please pray for the victims, their families, and that police officer who was injured in the shootout with the killer.

So it's too soon to tell what was Mateen's motivation? The fact that he was being investigated by the FBI and the Orlando Iman spoke of peace leads one to believe he has radical beliefs, if not ties to a specific group. The father's statement to NBC about his son's anger about two men kissing tells us at the very least it's a hate crime.

The fallout of the Pulse Shooting's will go on for days. So hate crime, or terrorism? My opinion is both. How do you explain the unexplainable? You don't, it's simply good versus evil.

  Update, authorities now release that Mateen called 911 before the attack pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad.