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Thousands of Muslims gathered at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville Tuesday to close out the month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr prayers, known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.”

Attorney Eric Friday, professor Parvez Ahmed and attorney Jimmy Midyette appeared on Monday’s First Coast Connect to discuss the mass shooting in Orlando with a focus on three issues: gun control, LGBT equality and religious radicalization.


Orlando Shooting

Investigators continue their efforts to piece together what led to a shooting rampage Sunday at an Orlando gay nightclub.

The mass shooting is the worst in modern American history, with at least 50 people killed and at least 53 injured.

Twenty-nine-year-old Omar Mateen was killed by police at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning after opening fire on clubgoers inside

WMFE reporter Brendan Byrne joins us with the latest from Orlando.

We then hear local reaction from Jimmy Midyette, attorney and member of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, Dr. Parvez Ahmed, UNF professor and member of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and Eric Friday, attorney and 2nd Amendment advocate.

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President Barack Obama was in Jacksonville Friday afternoon visiting a lithium-ion battery factory on the city’s Westside. Obama says the Saft plant is the result of stimulus dollars he sat aside for clean energy during his first year in office.


In about a month, Leon County and Tallahassee officials will offer a free internet-based workshop to help residents be better prepared in a “workplace active shooter incident.” It’s timely, given the recent gun incidents around the nation and on area college campuses.

Some of the questions the series of online videos hope to answer include if an active shooter showed up at your workplace, do you have plan? Are there safe areas employees can get to?

On the day after a deadly shooting incident on the grounds of Fort Hood, Texas, in which a gunman killed at least three people, wounded 16 and then reportedly killed himself, there was this welcome news:

Investigators say they haven't determined why Adam Lanza killed 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December. But they know he acted alone in that attack and his mother's murder, according to a summary report released weeks before the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage.

Not much is known about Paul Anthony Ciancia, the man police say killed one transportation security official and wounded another at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. Several other people were injured in the shooting.

Ciancia is 23 years old and originally from New Jersey, but was living in Los Angeles at the time of the attack.

So far, authorities have provided no specific motive for the shooting. LA Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon says the suspect "pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and opened fire in the terminal."

One day after panic and confusion took over a shopping mall in Nairobi, survivors' accounts and photographs provide a close-up perspective of the scene. Their stories have given new detail to the chaos that erupted after attackers used grenades and guns to begin a standoff that lasted into Sunday.