50 dead after mass shooting in Orlando gay night club
Orlando police say the death toll is 50 in the Pulse nightclub shooting.
A massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub early Sunday morning has been described as a “domestic terror incident” with 50 fatalities and 53 injured, hospitalized individuals, officials said, making it the worst mass shooting in US history.
Authorities are investigating this as an act of terror.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in the club. At least 42 people have been transported for medical treatment, he said.
Police have shot and killed the gunman, Mina told reporters.
“It’s appears he was organized and well-prepared,” the chief said, adding that the shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and “some type of (other) device on him.”
Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved.
The shooting began around 2 a.m., and an officer responded, Mina said. The officer engaged in a shootout outside the club, after which the gunman ran into the club.
“That turned into a hostage situation,” Mina said. Authorities were getting calls from people inside the club but away from the gunman, the chief said.