While everybody was celebrating the start of 2017, there was a terrorist attack at the Reina Nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey. A total of thirty-nine people were killed, and dozens of others were injured. Sixteen people have already been arrested who have connections to the massacre, and the list seems to keep on growing. Authorities are still searching for the primary gunman. Officers have found fingerprints and a photo of the suspect but unfortunately cannot detect when or where the photo was taken. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks through Twitter saying, “In continuation of the blessed operations which ISIS carries out against Turkey, a soldier of the brave caliphate attacked one of the most popular nightclubs while Christians were celebrating their holiday”. The United States and Turkish officials have officially claimed this an act or terrorism.
"We were having fun. At first we thought it was a fight; then there was a lot of gunfire. After the gunfire everyone started to run toward the terrace. We ran as well. There was someone next to me who was shot and fell on the floor. We ran away and hid under the sofas." said witness Yunus Turk. Not only Turkish people were killed in the massacre; there were people from fourteen different countries such as India, Morocco, Jordan, Canada, Russia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Leanne Nasser, who was a teenager going abroad for the very first time and had never left Israel before, was killed in the shooting. Her father was quite unhappy with the situation but was eventually persuaded into letting her go. She was with three other friends and they decided to go to the Reina Nightclub to celebrate the New Year. A couple hours before midnight, she posted a Snapchat selfie, but the following morning she was declared dead. That is only one story of the thirty-nine other that were killed. Officials are still in the process of investigating the missing shooter and other suspects.