CHICAGO (CBS) — A deadly mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando hit close to home in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood.
The brunch crowd at Drew’s on Halsted was tuned in to news coverage of the shooting massacre that left at least 50 people dead, and 53 wounded. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.READ MORE: Two Simeon High School Students, Both 15, Killed In Shootings Four Hours Apart
Owner Drew Johnson said he won’t give in to fear, but he acknowledged something similar could happen in Chicago.
“It is something that I worry about … and anywhere, any time – especially hate crime, let alone terrorism, or a combination of both,” he said.
The gunman in the Orlando shooting has been identified as Omar Mateen, and sources have convirmed authorities are investigating whether he had ties to Islamic terrorism. Sources tell CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegeus that Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS. During the 911 call, Mateen referenced Boston marathon bombersDzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Pegues reports.
The suspect’s father has spoken out to the media, saying his son was anti-gay and he doesn’t believe the attack was motivated by religion.READ MORE: A Day After Plainfield Mom Told CBS 2 She Was Keeping Her Special-Needs Son At Home Because Of School Bus Driver Shortage And Long Commute, District 202 Contacts Her With Solutions
The FBI says they haven’t determined whether the massacre was a hate crime, but Florida Rep. Alan Grayson said he believes “it’s no coincidence that the attack took place where it did and when it did.”