Fifty people are dead and 53 injured after a horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12. Police are currently looking for ties to radical Islamic terrorism in the gay night club massacre, which is now considered the worst mass shooting in US history.
One shooter (now id’d as Omar Mateen, 29) opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida around 2:00am on Saturday, June 12, murdering 50 individuals, and gravely injuring 53 others, according to Orlando police chief John Mina. The lone shooter is one of the dead, shot and killed by police at the scene. The mass shooting at the gay night club may be an act of radical Islamic terrorism, says the Orlando police department. The tragedy is considered the worst mass shooting in US history. Click through for more details.
“It’s appears [Omar] was organized and well-prepared,” Chief Mina said during a press conference on the morning of June 12, in the hours following the shooting. He went on to say that Omar possessed an assault-style weapon, a handgun, and “some type of (other) device on him.”
Along with the Orlando PD, the FBI is now joining the investigation into the shooting to determine whether or not the gay nightclub massacre was an act of terrorism — homophobic, Islamic, or something unrelated. The mass shooting is being called the worst in United States history, and if it’s truly an act of terrorism, it will be the worst on US soil since September 11, 2001.
A shootout between the gunman and an officer began outside the club around 2:00am ET, according to Chief Mina. The shooter then ran inside the club and held those inside hostage, and began shooting. A team of Orlando police officers rushed to the scene and rammed the doors down, helping 30 people to safety. At that point, police shot and killed the gunman.
Pulse is called “the hottest gay bar” in Orlando. The partiers were there to celebrate Latin Flavor Night. The 53 individuals who were injured were transported to the hospital. The Orlando police department has not released their names, nor the names of those who were murdered, or the suspect.
The massacre comes just one day after another tragic shooting in Orlando: the fatal shooting of singer and The Voice season six finalist Christina Grimmie, 22. Her death was at the hands of Kevin James Loibl, whose motive is still unknown.
Orlando experienced a shooting tragedy at a nightclub in just February 2016. Two people were murdered, and 10 others injured on February 8, when three gunman opened fire at Glitz Ultra Lounge. Two people were shot in the parking lot of that same club in October 2015, according to CNN.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims of the shootings at Pulse during this difficult time.