Update: The death toll in the Pulse Orlando shooting has jumped from 20 to 50 people as per Buddy Dyer, the Mayor of Orlando, who issued the statement at a press meet. Number of injured are 53.
Update: The Orlando shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen, U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie.
Update: Florida’s Police chief: ‘Approximately’ 20 dead inside Florida nightclub, but exact number of casualties not yet known. We consider this an act of terrorism. Suspected Islamic extremist shoots dead at least 20 dead at Florida gay club after bursting in ‘wearing a suicide vest’ and taking hostages – injuring a further 42 .
Update: Orlando police say ‘multiple people’ dead in the Florida nightclub shooting. Number not specified yet. Orlando police say that the suspected gunman had assault rifle, handgun and ‘some type of device on him’. Orlando police say that at least 42 people have been transported to area hospitals after the nightclub shooting.
Tallahassee: Authorities in Florida said early Sunday morning that the shooter inside an Orlando nightclub as died and declared the situation a “mass casualty situation.”
The incident took place at the Pulse Orlando, a gay nightclub and dance bar. Police have advised people to “stay away from there.” The Orlando Sentinel reported that several emergency vehicles have responded to the scene, including the Orlando Fire Department’s bomb squad and hazardous materials team.
Pulse Orlando wrote on its Facebook page just after 2 a.m. that said, “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.” Several videos on social media showed multiple people wounded. Javier Antonetti, 53, told the Sentinel he was towards the back of the club on a night out with his brother when he heard the shots ring out. “There were so many, at least 40,” he said. “I saw two guys and it was constant, like ‘pow, pow, pow,’ ” Antonetti said. He said he ran out of the club and said his brother, who was on crutches, was stuck inside the building. He said his brother is uninjured but still near the club.
Officials have not confirmed any fatalities or the exact amount of injuries in the shooting. Police did confirm they carried out a controlled explosion. A media briefing had been scheduled, but police said on Twitter that they had cancelled it and will provide updates via the department’s official Twitter account.
A post on the department’s official Twitter account early Sunday morning said “multiple injuries” have been reported following the incident at the Pulse Orlando nightclub near Orange and Kaley avenue. Multiple emergency vehicles have reportedly responded, including the Orlando Fire Department’s bomb squad and hazardous material team.
Pulse Orlando’s earlier posted on its own Facebook page- “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.”
The incident follows the fatal shooting on Friday of 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie, who was killed after her concert in Orlando by a 27-year-old Florida man who later killed himself. Grimmie was a YouTube sensation and former contestant on “The Voice.”