50 Believed Dead in Orlando Incident: ‘Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History’
An Orlando, Florida nightclub was the scene of what is believed to be a horrific act last night. The Mayor of Orlando says there are 50 dead. At about 2 a.m eastern time, the incident began. Shots were exchanged with law enforcement and a hostage situation ensued. At approximately 5 a.m. eastern time, law enforcement stormed the building and the suspect was killed.
The Mayor of Orlando issued a press release at 10:20 a.m. eastern time, he wrote,
We are dealing with something we never imagined….we have gotten better access to the building, cleared the building. It is with great sadness I share that we have 50 casualties, in addition to the shooter. Because of the scale I have called Governor Scott to request a state of emergency and we are issuing a state of emergency in the City. This allows us to bring additions resources to support our efforts.
Our focus in the coming hours will be identifying the victims and notifying the families. We are setting up a hotline for concerned family members – 407.246.4357. The identification process may take some time. We ask for your patience as we want to be accurate. I continue to be proud of how our community has responded.
Orlando police chief says this is worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
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