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In Afghan-American community, attack elicits horror, sorrow

  • FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 file photo, Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla. With news that Omar Mateen killed dozens of people in a gay nightclub in Florida and was born to Afghan immigrant parents, the Afghan-American community is expressing horror, sorrow and disbelief that one of their own could commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 file photo, Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla. With news that Omar Mateen killed dozens of people in a gay nightclub in Florida and was born to Afghan immigrant parents, the Afghan-American community is expressing horror, sorrow and disbelief that one of their own could commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 file photo, an aerial view of the mass shooting scene at the Pulse nightclub is seen in Orlando, Fla. A gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. With news that Omar Mateen killed dozens of people in the gay nightclub in Florida and was born to Afghan immigrant parents, the Afghan-American community is expressing horror, sorrow and disbelief that one of their own could commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 file photo, an aerial view of the mass shooting scene at the Pulse nightclub is seen in Orlando, Fla. A gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. With news that Omar Mateen killed dozens of people in the gay nightclub in Florida and was born to Afghan immigrant parents, the Afghan-American community is expressing horror, sorrow and disbelief that one of their own could commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, June 13, 2016 image taken from video, Bilal Miskeenyar is interviewed in Fremont, Calif. In Fremont, a Northern California city with the nation's largest population of Afghan-Americans, people are expressing anger, sorrow and disbelief that one of their own could commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Omar Mateen, who killed dozens of people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, was born to Afghan immigrant parents. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

    In this Monday, June 13, 2016 image taken from video, Bilal Miskeenyar is interviewed in Fremont, Calif. In Fremont, a Northern California city with the nation's largest population of Afghan-Americans, people are expressing anger, sorrow and disbelief that one of their own could commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Omar Mateen, who killed dozens of people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, was born to Afghan immigrant parents. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)  (The Associated Press)

In this Northern California city where people can buy prayer flags at the dollar store, fresh-baked Afghan bread at corner markets and feast on beef kabobs in "little Kabul's" many restaurants, Afghan-Americans are angry.

With news that Omar Mateen killed 49 people in a gay nightclub in Florida and was born to Afghan immigrant parents, the community is expressing horror, sorrow and disbelief that one of their own could commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Fremont, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, is a bedroom city with a thriving waterpark, leafy streets and a public lake. It's also home to the largest population of Afghan-Americans in the country.

Some say they don't believe there will be a backlash against the community, while others are wary after the attack.