At least 50 dead in shooting at Florida nightclub
Sunday, June 12, 2016
In the early morning hours of today, according to police, a man by the name of Omar Mateen entered, a club in , , and opened fire. 50 people were killed and 53 were hospitalized.
It is now the largestin history, with the and shootings the closest behind. The shooter today used an automatic rifle according to one account; took hostages, and was eventually killed in a gun battle with units.
Mateen's father, Mir Seddique, said in remarks tothe attack was not about religion. The shooter allegedly called , the emergency phone number in the United States, and pledged his allegiance to . ISIS has claimed responsibility, according to a tweet from . Reportedly, many have praised the attack on pro-ISIS forums.
Orlando Mayorhas declared a state of emergency.
According to Orlando Police Chief John Mina, "It appears [Omar Mateen] was organized and well-prepared".
"It's just shocking [...] just one after another after another [...] It could have lasted a whole song", commented Christopher Hansen, who was getting a drink when gunshots rang out.
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