Orlando Mass Shooting at Pulse Gay Nightclub Leaves at Least 50 Dead, 53 Wounded

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Orlando Mass Shooting at Pulse Gay Nightclub Leaves at Least 50 Dead, 53 Wounded

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Orlando Mass Shooting at Pulse Gay Nightclub Leaves at Least 50 Dead, 53 Wounded

Orlando Mass Shooting at Pulse Gay Nightclub Leaves at Least 50 Dead, 53 Wounded
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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has confirmed that a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, left at least 50 dead and 53 wounded — making it the deadliest mass shooting on American soil in U.S. history.

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The Associated Press had previously reported that the shooting left at least 20 dead and 42 wounded, according to Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
The nightclub shooter, who wielded “an assault-type rifle and a handgun” and “took hostages”, died in “gunbattle with SWAT officers,” the AP reports
CBS News first reported that the nightclub gunman had been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen by police sources. Law enforcement officials reportedly later gave the same name to the Los Angeles Times. 
“We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking,” said Mir Siddique, Mateen’s father, in a phone interview with CBS News. “We are in shock, like the whole country.” 
“This had nothing to do with religion,” Siddique added, claiming instead that his son was angered by the sight of two men kissing in downtown Miami.

According to Chief Mina, at 5 A.M., Orlando police “[detonated] two explosives to distract the gunman and help clear the club,” the New York Times reports.
“This is an incident, as I see it, that we certainly classify as domestic terror incident,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, according to the AP.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks confirmed to theAP in an interview that the Pulse massacre “is being investigated as an act of terrorism,” stating that “authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror  and if the shooter was a lone wolf.”
“We do have suggestions that the individual may have leanings toward [radical Islam],” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Ronald Hopper, according to the AP. 
Hopper also said there is “no further threat to Orlando or to the surrounding areas.”
According to the New York Times, pending the results of that larger investigation, police are currently calling the nightclub shooting a “terror incident.”
Orlando Mass Shooting at Pulse Gay Nightclub Leaves at Least 50 Dead, 53 Wounded
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“I heard 20, 40, 50 shots,” said Jon Alamo, a nightclub patron who told the AP he was at Pulse when the mass shooting took place, “The music stopped.”
“I was thinking, are you kidding me? So I just dropped down. I just said please, please, please, I want to make it out,” said Christopher Hansen, a Pulse patron who told the AP he was in the nightclub’s VIP lounge when the shooting started, “And when I did, I saw people shot. I saw blood. You hope and pray you don’t get shot.”
At 2:09 AM on Sunday, the nightclub posted to its Facebook page that everyone currently at the club needs to “get out of Pulse and keep running.”
Orlando Mass Shooting at Pulse Gay Nightclub Leaves at Least 50 Dead, 53 Wounded
Pulse describes itself as “Orlando’s hottest gay bar” on its website. The shooting took place during “Upscale Latin Saturday”, which Pulse celebrates weekly on Saturday nights. 
According to The Daily Beast, club owner Barbara Poma’s decision to open Pulse was spurred by the death of her brother due to complications from AIDS.
The mass shooting at the gay nightclub takes place twelve days into LGBT Pride Month, which takes place every June in America to honor the Stonewall riots that most attribute to be the catalyst for the gay rights movement in the U.S.

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