"First of all, our hearts go out to the families of those who have been killed. Our prayers go to those who have been wounded. This is a devastating attack on all Americans. It is one that is particularly painful for the people of Orlando, but I think we all recognize that this could have happened anywhere in this country. And we feel enormous solidarity and grief on behalf of the families that have been affected.
"The fact that it took place at a club frequented by the LGBT community I think is also relevant. We`re still looking at all the motivations of the killer. But it`s a reminder that regardless of race, religion, faith or sexual orientation, we`re all Americans, and we need to be looking after each other and protecting each other at all times in the face of this kind of terrible act.
"With respect to the killer, there`s been a lot of reporting that`s been done. It`s important to emphasize that we`re still at the preliminary stages of the investigation, and there`s a lot more that we have to learn. The one thing that we can say is that this is being treated as a terrorist investigation. It appears that the shooter was inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the Internet. All those materials are currently being searched, exploited so we will have a better sense of the pathway that the killer took in making the decision to launch this attack."
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