A Florida man investigators say posted anti-Islamic material online has been charged with setting a fire at the mosque attended by the man accused of killing 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Suspect arrested in Florida mosque fire
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Story: A Florida man who investigators say posted anti-Islamic material on social media was arrested on Wednesday (September 14) on suspicion of arson in the fire that badly damaged a mosque attended by the gunman who committed the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, police said.
The arson suspect, Joseph Michael Schreiber, 32, faces at least 30 years in prison if convicted on pending charges of deliberately starting the blaze at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, where Orlando gunman Omar Mateen worshiped, police said.
Mateen is alleged to have killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightcub in Orlando last June.
At a news briefing on Wednesday, officials with the St. Lucie County, Florida Sheriff’s Office credited surveillance video from homes and businesses near the mosque, along with tips from the public with helping them track down and arrest Schreiber.