FBI assures there is no known related threat to CNMI, Guam


The Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday assured the public that in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, there is no known related threat to any area covered by the FBI Honolulu Division, including the CNMI, Guam, and American Samoa.

“The perpetrator has no known association with our island communities,” according to FBI Honolulu Division supervisory special agent Matthew McDonald.

McDonald said the Honolulu FBI is monitoring the situation closely to ensure the public’s safety and stands ready to provide appropriate investigative assistance to the mainland communities directly impacted by this tragic event.

In response to Saipan Tribune’s inquiry if there are victims who are from the CNMI or Guam, the FBI spokesman said he has no detailed information on any of the casualties.

“We will let you know if any information impacting, or related to, Guam or Saipan becomes available,” McDonald said in an email.

A man armed with an assault rifle reportedly went on a shooting rampage, killing 50 people and wounding 53 others, during a gay pride celebration at a nightclub in Orlando on Sunday in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. President Barack Obama denounced the shooting as an act of terror and hate.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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