50 dead in mass shooting at Florida nightclub
A gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning, killing 50 people and injuring 53.
There were still around hundreds of people in Pulse Orlando at 2am, shortly before closing, when the shooter entered.
“The suspect appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle and a handgun and had some kind of device on him,” said Orlando Police Chief John W. Mina.
At one point the the shooter was holding hostages in the women’s washroom.
Shortly before 5am police attempted a rescue and helped 30 people escape. The shooter was killed in a shootout when a SWAT team entered the club.
On twitter, Orlando police said there was a “controlled explosion” to distract the shooter.
In a press conference, Florida congressman Alan Grayson identified the shooter as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida. Grayson said that “it’s no coincidence” Mateen targeted a gay nightclub, adding “there is blood everywhere.”
FBI have confirmed that Mateen was the only shooter and that around the time of the attack he made a call to 911 pledging allegiance to ISIS.
This comes only one day after The Voice contestant, Christina Grimmie, was killed after a show in Orlando.