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Orlando Gay nightclub Shooting: 50 dead, 53 injured
Authorities were investigating the attack on the Florida dance hall as an act of terrorism. The gunman’s father recalled that his son got angry when he recently saw two men kissing in Miami. He said that might be related to the attack.
At least 53 people were hospitalized, most in critical condition, officials said. A surgeon at Orlando Regional Medical Center said the death toll was likely to climb.
Mayor Buddy Dyer said all of the dead were killed with the assault rifle.
“There’s blood everywhere,” Dyer said. He put the city under a state of emergency and asked Gov. Rick Scott to do the same for the state.
The suspect exchanged gunfire with an officer working at the club known as Pulse around 2 a.m., when more than 300 people were inside. The gunman then went back inside and took hostages, police Chief John Mina said.
The suspect was identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla. One relative said that Mateen’s family was in shock after being told on Sunday morning about his involvement.