The mayor of Orlando says there were 50 casualties and there are 53 more hospitalized after a mass shooting at popular gay nightclub, Pulse. “There’s blood everywhere,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said Sunday during a news conference, hours after the shooting. Dyer said the shooter used an assault rifle on all of those that were killed during this senseless tragedy.
The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Police Chief John Mina said the shooter also had some sort of “suspicious device.” The suspect exchanged gunfire with an officer working at the club around 2 a.m., then went back inside the bar and took hostages.
Around 5 a.m, authorities sent in a SWAT team to rescue the hostages, and the suspect then died in a gunfight with officers. FBI spokesman Danny Banks said that the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He also stated that authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.
Pulse Orlando posted on its own Facebook page around 2 a.m.: “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.” Just before 6 a.m., the club posted an update: “As soon as we have any information we will update everyone. Please keep everyone in your prayers as we work through this tragic event. Thank you for your thoughts and love.”