Terror Shooting in Orlando: The Tragic Events

Terror Attack headline on a newspaperJune 12, 2016 will be remembered with sadness. It’s the day 29-year-old Omar Manteen walked into the Pulse nightclub and opened fire. This American citizen who lived in Florida was heavily armed, and killed 49 fellow Floridians and wounded 53 more, all in the name of terror and ISIS.

June 12, 2016 will also be remembered as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Manteen had visited the Pulse nightclub in the past, most likely checking the gay club out. He was watching ISIS videos in the days and weeks leading up to the shooting. As part of his plan, he intended to target Disney World, as well. He swore allegiance to the terror organization ISIS in a 911 call just before the shooting.

As his victims lay on the floor of the club, Manteen made 16 phone calls and posted to Facebook about his deadly deed. This was a terrorist who had no misgivings about his actions, felt nothing for his victims and carried out his actions with a cold, dispassionate demeanor.

The shooting turned into a hostage situation as 15 people were held in a bathroom. Three hours after the shooting began, Orlando police officers and Orange County sheriff’s deputies moved into the club and entered into a fire fight with Manteen. He was killed in the exchange.

Heroes on the Scene

WESH.com reports that an off-duty police officer was working at the club and engaged Manteen in a shootout. It was not enough to stop him and we’re unsure as to the status of that police officer.

A former marine working as a bouncer played a critical role in saving between 60 and 70 lives that night. CBSNews.com reports that 24-year-old Imran Yousuf is no stranger to the War on Terror. He had served in Afghanistan. On June 12, he was working in the back of the club when the first shots were heard. To get away from the gunman, people began streaming into the back hallway with nowhere to go.

Yousuf knew there was a latched door on the other side of the throng and jumped through the crowd to open the door. “As soon as people found that door was open they kept pouring out,” he told CBS News, “and after that we just ran.”

Terror: The New Normal?

It seems like our American society may have entered into a new era, a time when savage, terror-related shootings happen without warning. If so, we should all mourn our lost sense of security.

After that, we need to begin developing plans to keep ourselves safe from terror.

We can’t say for sure if additional security at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 would have helped. The odds are that more security guards on the premises may have saved some lives.

One thing is for sure, though. If we are to be safe moving forward, we will all need to be on the alert.

Our shared security has now become a shared responsibility.

Terrorism: How Do You Secure Your Property?

security guard on site working to prevent terrorismThis week’s attacks in Brussels and the tie to terrorism raises concerns again about how to keep property and businesses safe and secure.

ISIS immediately claimed credit for the attacks that killed 31 and wounded more than 180. Today Fox News reports that one of the terrorists killed at Zaventem Airport outside of Brussles also made explosives for November’s attacks in Paris.

Terrorism In the U.S.

While these attacks happened in Europe, residents of Southern California learned the hard way that terror can strike here as well. Last December 14 people were killed and 22 injured when terrorists struck a holiday party in San Bernardino.

It appears that the ideology that fuels this brand or terror is present in the United States.

What Can Citizens Do?

As individual citizens, we must all be vigilant. That means looking out for and reporting suspicious activities. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is asking for help:

It’s a fact that certain kinds of activities can indicate terrorist plans that are in the works, especially when they occur at or near high profile sites or places where large numbers of people gather—like government buildings, military facilities, utilities, bus or train stations, major public events. If you see or know about suspicious activities, like the ones listed below, please report them immediately to the proper authorities.

What Can Businesses Do?

Take the necessary steps to secure your property or business. If you have not done a risk assessment for your business, plan one soon. If you aren’t sure where to begin, call American Security Force for help. That assessment will identify areas of weakness in your security and also detail steps for taking care of them.

You should also consider onsite security guards for your property or business. Physical security serves as both a deterrent to would-be criminals and also as a means to protecting your employees and customers. After all, the safety and protection of our clientele is our top priority.

Our officers are highly trained at their jobs. They must successfully go through required training by a certified training facility or private patrol operator. They also have to submit to and pass background checks performed by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Finally, our guards receive additional training from our senior training officers here at American Security Force.

Don’t hesitate to do what you can to protect your property and the people at it today. Call American Security Force at 877-722-8585 to see how we can help.