Local terrorism expert weighs in on Orlando shooting

Jillian Amador hugs a friend, at Orlando Police Department headquarters after a shooting at Pulse nightclub early Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Orlando. (Naseem Miller/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — More attacks linked to terrorism could happen in the United States.

That’s the opinion of Dr. Glen Duerr, a terrorism expert at Cedarville University.

It comes hours after Omar Mateen, 29, gunned down 50 people and injured dozens more inside the Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando, Florida.

“It’s unlikely that they will be coordinated in any major way,” said Duerr. “This looks like ISIS inspired someone that has taken the call from ISIS and done something, a major act of terrorism.”

As officials continue their investigation in Florida, Duerr said it appears Sunday morning’s mass shooting was a “lone-wolf” attack.

Investigators said Mateen called 911 at least 20 minutes into the shooting. They said he pledged allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the deadly bombings in Boston.

It was also believed by officials Mateen targeted the nightclub after expressing anti-gay feelings to family members, according to NBC News.

Terrorism experts warn there may be more attacks like this one in the future, especially for targets deemed soft where people gather in mass.

“The challenge at the soft target, at the Pulse nightclub, is really they had an armed guard there,” said Duerr. “The difficulty is what more could they have done.”

Duerr warns people to be vigilant, especially in places where people tend to gather like nightclubs, transportation hubs, and concerts.

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