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UPDATE: 49 victims in Orlando mass shooting, not including shooter: FBI

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Dozens of bodies were slowly removed overnight from a popular Orlando gay club after a gunman sprayed the helpless crowd with bullets in violence that killed 49 people and devastated a city famous for family-friendly theme parks. 

Authorities say suspect Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an AR-15 and fired relentlessly — 20 rounds, 40, then 50 and more. In such tight quarters, the bullets could hardly miss. He shot at police. He took hostages.

When the gunfire at the Pulse Orlando club finally stopped, 49 people were dead and dozens critically wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Previous reports said 50 people were killed, but the FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Wysopal said Monday morning that figure included the gunman. 

Mateen, who authorities said had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a 911 around the time of the attack, died in a gun battle with SWAT team members. 





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