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UPDATE: At least 50 people killed in overnight club shooting

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UPDATE: Officials are saying that at least 50 people have died in the overnight shooting. Orlando has issued a state of emergency. The nightclub has been clear of hostages and any possible explosives.


UPDATE: Orlando, Fla. (AP) -A shooting at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning has been described as a "domestic terror incident" with approximately 20 fatalities, officials said.

At a press conference on Sunday at 7 a.m., an FBI official was asked if the shooter, who was shot and killed by police, had ties to Jihadist terror groups. "At this time we're looking at all angles right now." the official said. "We do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings towards that, that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively so we’re still running everything around”

Orlando Police tweeted at 5:53 a.m., "The shooter inside the nightclub is dead," referring to Pulse Nightclub, which bills itself on its website as "Orlando's Premier Gay Night Club."

"This can be classified as a domestic terror incident," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a press conference at 7 a.m. Sunday.

At the press conference, Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer said "many lives were lost," with Orlando Chief of Police John Mina adding that "approximately" 20 people we killed, and "at least 42 people" were transported to various hospitals.

Orlando Regional Medical Center, located near the nightclub, said it received "several gunshot victims," in a statement released at 5 a.m.

The statement read, "Orlando Regional Medical Center was placed on lockdown around 2:00 a.m. after receiving several gunshot victims. Only essential workers are being allowed access into the building. Out of an abundance of caution, Arnold Palmer Hospital and Winnie Palmer Hospital have also been placed on lockdown."

Word of the situation spread shortly after 2 a.m., when Pulse Nightclub posted on its Facebook page, "Everyone get out of pulse and keep running."

Police followed up by tweeting, "Shooting at Pulse Nightclub on S Orange. Multiple injuries. Stay away from area."

Orlando Police tweeted around 4:30 a.m., "This is a fluid scene and we are working on getting you an update."

The next significant update was at 5:48 a.m., five minutes before announcing the shooter's death, when police tweeted, "We can confirm this is a mass casualty situation. Support from local/state/federal agencies."

The FBI was among the agencies at the crime scene, as was the Orlando Fire Department's bomb squad and hazardous material team.


UPDATE: Orlando Police say the gunman is now dead. The possible hostage situation is now over.

A post on the department's official Twitter account early Sunday morning says "multiple injuries" have been reported.


Police in Orlando, Florida are investigating after gunmen opened inside a gay nightclub. A post on the department's official Twitter account early Sunday morning says "multiple injuries" have been reported.
The shooting reportedly started at around 2 a.m. at a club named Pulse Orlando.
Investigators have not released any details about the shooting, but Orlando Police did issue a brief statement on social media that confirmed that they are investigating a shooting where multiple people were injured and warned the public to stay away from the area.

The gunman is said to have taken possible hostages, according to local reports.

Pulse Orlando's earlier posted a note to its own Facebook page that said: "Everyone get out of Pulse and keep running."

This is a developing story, we will keep you updated as more information is made available.

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