We can confirm this is a mass casualty situation. Support from local/state/federal agencies. We expect to brief media shortly.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
Shootings occurred at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub.
Sound of a controlled explosion by law enforcement.
Video of earlier back and forth shooting between police and attacker.
From earlier in the morning:
Multiple dead inside club,
42 transported to hospitals.
Approx. 20 dead inside club.
Indications shooter had Islamic-leanings.
NY congressman Peter King;
Shooter from Muslim country.
Shooter identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen.
The suspected gunman was identified by relatives and law enforcement officials as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Fla. One relative said that Mateen’s family was in shock after being told on Sunday morning about his involvement. This relative said Mateen’s family was very sorry about what had happened.
Police have not identified a possible motive, and details about Mateen’s background were scarce on Sunday morning. His family is from Afghanistan, while Mateen is believed to have been born in the United States.
Orlando police update:
50 dead, 53 injured.
Details about the shooter here.