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dateline: 15 June 2016

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49 Killed in Florida Mass Shooting

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • gay: homosexual
  • pledge allegiance: to express one’s support of an organization, cause, or country
  • ISIS: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; a terrorist group also known as ISIL
  • standoff: an unresolved conflict between two sides
  • armoured: equipped with weapons

49 Killed in Florida Mass Shooting

An armed gunman entered a gay in Orlando, Florida early Sunday and killed 49 people. The American-born gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, called 911 during the and pledged allegiance to ISIS. After a standoff, the police used an armoured to break into the nightclub and kill the gunman. Sunday’s attack was the deadliest mass shooting in US history. In addition to those who died, at least 53 people were .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who was Omar Mateen?
  2. What did the gunman do during the attack?
  3. How did the standoff end?

Discussion Questions: Why has this massacre been described as both an “act of terror” and a “hate crime”?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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