Police are investigating a shooting that occurred inside of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida last night.
Reports say there are 50 dead and 50 more injured from the shooting, and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has declared a state of emergency for the city and state.
The gunman, carrying a device thought to be a bomb and armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, opened fired when about 230 people were in the club. U.S. The gunman’s identity has been confirmed as 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, calling the attack a “hate crime.” Orlando Police Chief John Mina says Mateen took people hostage overnight between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
Stay with us as the story continues to develop.
BREAKING: The massacre at an Orlando nightclub that claimed 50 lives is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 12, 2016
Source: ABC News and The Associated Press