Correction: Nightclub Shooting-Florida-The Latest story
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In a story June 13 about a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, The Associated Press reported erroneously the precise type of weapon used by the shooter. The gunman was armed with a Sig Sauer MCX assault rifle, not an AR-15, which is a similar model.
A corrected version of the story is below:
The Latest on the deadly shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. (all times local):
The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday to pay respects to the victims of Sunday’s nightclub shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community.
The White House did not provide more details about the trip. Obama had canceled what was to be his first campaign event with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the wake of the shooting at a gay nightclub that killed 49 and wounded dozens more. That event was scheduled for Wednesday.
Obama has called the shooting an act of terrorism and an act of hate. He notes that the site of the shooting was more than a nightclub. He says it’s a place where people came to raise awareness, speak their minds and advocate for their civil rights.
The security company that employed the Orlando nightclub gunman says it has no record of a co-worker’s complaints that the shooter was angry, profane and threatened violence.
The company, G4S, says in a statement Monday that it has no record of any complaint by Daniel Gilroy against Omar Mateen. Mateen died in a gun battle with police after a mass shooting that left 49 people.
Gilroy told The New York Times that Mateen started badgering him and sending dozens of text messages to him daily, and that he reported Mateen’s behavior to his bosses.
However, G4S says Gilroy told company officials in June 2015, shortly after he left the firm, that his co-workers were “good men and women that put in an honest day’s work and genuinely like to work as a team and contribute.”
Thousands of people gathered in downtown Orlando for a vigil to support the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Many in the crowd Monday evening say they were inspired to attend because Pulse played a huge role in their lives as gays and lesbians.
Cathleen Daus, now 36 says, “It was a place that a young 20-year-old who wasn’t openly gay felt safe for the first time.” She worked at Pulse in her twenties. “Pulse gave me confidence, made me realize I was normal and so much like everyone else.”
The vigil was held on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center, the area’s main performing arts venue. It’s also the location of a makeshift memorial, where folks have been leaving flowers, candles and notes for the victims.
A regular at the club that became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history say they saw the gunman there drinking on several occasions before the massacre.
Ty Smith told The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/235LohN ) that he had seen 29-year-old Omar Mateen at the gay bar, Pulse. Smith says Mateen would sit and drink by himself, getting loud and belligerent.
Smith says he did not talk to Mateen much, but that Mateen mentioned having a wife and child.
Authorities say Mateen’s rampage left 49 people dead. He was killed in a gun battle with police.
Target stores across the U.S. are going silent Tuesday to honor two employees, one who worked at the retailer and another who worked at a Starbucks inside the store.
A third Target employee who works at an in-store coffee shop remains in critical condition as a result of the nightclub shooting early Sunday.
The employees slain in the attack were Mercedez Marisol Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo.
Family and friends say the 26-year-old Flores worked at an Orlando-area Target while attending community college in hopes of becoming a party planner.
The 20-year-old Ocasio-Capo worked at a Starbucks shop inside a Kissimmee Target store while studying theater. His sister says he would’ve been auditioning for a play Tuesday.
The name of the worker in critical condition wasn’t released.
More than 20 Hispanic organizations from Florida and across the country held a “solidarity” news conference in Orlando to call attention to the many Latinos killed or injured in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Calling themselves “Somos Orlando” or “We are Orlando,” the groups said Monday they were uniting with LGBT groups to help the families of the 49 people killed and 53 injured in Sunday’s attack.
Hispanic activist Christina Hernandez said everyone is coping with the attack. Although there is no specific count, the list of victims is dominated by those with Hispanic surnames, many of whom are presumed to have ties to Puerto Rico.
In recent years, central Florida has drawn thousands of Puerto Ricans escaping the economic crisis on the island. About one in four Orlando residents is Hispanic.
The city of Orlando has released the names of eleven officers who fired at the nightclub shooter.
Most of the officers are with the SWAT team that stormed the Pulse nightclub after Omar Mateen took people inside hostage. The officers range in experience from about 25 years to two years with the Orlando Police Department.
One officer on the list was Michael Napolitano, who was shot in his Kevlar helmet, but survived. A photo of the helmet has been widely circulated online.
The United Nations Security Council is condemning “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend that left 49 people dead.
France’s U.N. ambassador Francois Delattre, the security council president for June, told reporters that council members expressed their “deepest sympathies and condolences” to the families of the victims and to the United States.
Delattre said that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable,” regardless of their motivation.
Investigators are looking into the background of 29-year-old Omar Mateen for clues to why the American-born Muslim carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The U.S. is calling on all 193 members of the United Nations to not only condemn the terrorism that resulted in the mass killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida over the weekend, but also to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from such attacks.
Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. David Pressman, speaking at the election of Fiji Ambassador Peter Thomson to the post of 71st General Assembly president, said protecting the dignity of all human beings should be at the heart of the General Assembly’s work going forward.
He said outrage at the killing should be directed at protecting members of the LGBT community “not just around condemning the terrorists who kill them.”
JetBlue Airways says it is providing free seats when available on flights to and from Orlando, Florida, for immediate family and domestic partners of people who were killed or injured in the weekend shooting at an Orlando nightclub.
The airline is also waiving ticket-change fees for customers booked on flights to or from Orlando.
New York-based JetBlue is one of the largest airlines at Orlando International Airport, with about 14 percent of the market, according to Department of Transportation figures. The airline also has a training center there.
The airline is not sure how long the free travel will last because they are still learning funeral dates.
Three members of Congress are downplaying their encounters with the father of the gunman at the Orlando gay nightclub, calling the meetings short and insignificant.
Three separate, grainy photos posted on Facebook by Seddique Mir Mateen show him standing next to Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.
Mateen came to the U.S. from Afghanistan three decades ago and has made a series of rambling political videos about his former homeland.
Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Monday he met with Mateen about a year and a half ago. Royce said he vaguely recalled a discussion about Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, but he described the meeting as “brief and inconsequential.”
Rohrabacher said Mateen “paid a visit” to his office in November 2014, but he doesn’t recall any specifics.
Hannah Kim, Rangel’s spokeswoman, said the congressman didn’t meet with Mateen and doesn’t remember the encounter. Kim said the photo with Rangel was taken on the day of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech in 2015 when “strangers constantly stop members for a photo in the hallways.”
The owner of a gun store where the Orlando nightclub shooter bought his weapons says the gunman passed a full background check and that if he hadn’t bought the guns from him, he would’ve purchased them somewhere else.
Ed Henson is the owner of the St. Lucie Shooting Center. He told reporters during a news conference Monday outside his business that Omar Mateen legally purchased a long gun and a handgun about a week or so ago but he didn’t know on exactly what days. He said they weren’t bought on the same day.
Henson says Mateen had two security licenses, an armed one and an unarmed one. Henson says he is sorry this “evil person” bought the guns from his store.
Mexico’s president says three people killed in the Orlando nightclub attack were citizens of his country, and a fourth was wounded but is in stable condition.
President Enrique Pena Nieto also says his government is assisting families of the victims of what is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Christina Hernandez, a Hispanic activist who spoke Monday during a gathering at Hispanic Federation office, noted that the victims’ names are overwhelmingly Latino and Hispanic.
She says the victims were part of the LBGT community and the Hispanic community.
The head of the FBI and the Homeland Security secretary will brief members of the House on Tuesday about the deadly shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.
Speaker Paul Ryan’s office said he requested a members-only classified briefing. The briefers will be FBI Director James Comey, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and NCTC Director Nick Rasmussen.
The briefing comes after a gunman attacked a gay nightclub early Sunday. That attack left 50 people dead, including the shooter.
The FBI’s director says the agency is trying to determine whether the Orlando nightclub shooter had recently scouted Walt Disney World and other locations as potential targets.
Director James Comey made the comments at a Monday news conference about the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. When asked whether Disney and other locations had been scouted, Comey said, “We’re still working through that.”
He also said he wasn’t in a position to comment further.
People.com, citing an unnamed federal law enforcement source, reported that Omar Mateen had recently scouted the theme park. The report says he visited with his wife.
People.com said representatives for Walt Disney World didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.
There will be a minute’s silence in all European Championship fan zones at 2:30 p.m. EDT Monday to honor the 49 people killed at an Orlando nightclub.
The Paris town hall press office says in a statement that the moment of silence will be a mark of support for the victims, their relatives and the American people as a whole.
The office says “the tribute will also be the occasion to reaffirm values of freedom, tolerance, living-together and sharing, which play a fundamental role in the world of football and sports.”
The FBI says the gunman who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando called the Boston Marathon bombers his “homeboys.”
Harold Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, said Monday that Omar Mateen made the reference to brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev during a 911 call he made early Sunday while he was shooting people in the Pulse nightclub.
Shaw and Massachusetts state police say evidence collected so far shows no connection between Mateen and the Tsarnaev brothers.
The Tsarnaevs planted two bombs near the finish line of the marathon on April 15, 2013. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 260.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a getaway attempt several days later. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for his role in the bombings.
OneBlood officials continue to urge people to donate blood in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.
Potential donors are asked to make appointments at their local blood banks.
OneBlood officials posted videos on Facebook showing snacks and beverages donated for people waiting in long lines to give blood. Spokeswoman Stephanie Zaurin says donors are coming “in record numbers.”
U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Tara Goodin said in an email to The Associated Press that the Interorganizational Disaster Task Force met Sunday and ensured that all immediate needs for blood were met.
Goodwin said the agency appreciated the widespread desire to donate blood after the shooting. She said scheduling appointments to donate blood “will help replenish the blood supply in an organized manner, without overwhelming the system.”
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is writing to the governor of Florida and the mayor of Orlando to convey his condolences at “the horrific and hateful act of terror” that targeted the LGBT community.
Ban, a strong supporter of LGBT rights, said “such violence is despicable, and contrary to the values of equality, peace and mutual respect that underpin the United Nations,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday.
In the letters to Gov. Rick Scott and Mayor Buddy Dyer, the U.N. chief said “at this time of shock and sorrow, the United Nations stands in solidarity with the families of the victims and with the people of the United States,” according to Dujarric.
Ban condemned the attack in a statement on Sunday.
FBI Director James Comey says the Orlando nightclub shooter espoused support for a jumble of often-conflicting Islamic organizations.
He said that shooter called 911 during the attack and not only pledged loyalty to the Islamic State but also expressed solidarity with the Tsarnaev brothers who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing and a suicide bomber who died on behalf of the al-Nusra front, a group at odds with the Islamic State.
Comey says in the past few years, the gunman also expressed support for both al-Qaida and its enemy Hezbollah.
The FBI investigated Omar Mateen for 10 months beginning in May 2013 after he was said to have inflammatory remarks in support of terrorists.
Comey said investigators introduced him to confidential sources, followed him and reviewed some of his communications, but Mateen claimed he made the remarks in anger because co-workers were teasing and discriminating against him because he was Muslim.
As for whether the FBI should have done anything differently, Comey says so far he doesn’t think so.
Hospital officials say they are “very optimistic” that the nightclub shooting victims being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center will recover.
Orlando Health officials tweeted Monday that they no longer need to give “major amounts of blood” to shooting victims.
The hospital says many survivors had “multiple high-velocity” gunshot wounds and many in the intensive care unit no longer need ventilators to breathe.
The hospital holds weekly trauma simulations, along with periodic large-scale, city-wide simulations. Officials say the training left the hospital well-stocked for mass casualties.
The trauma medical director, Dr. Joseph Ibrahim, says the only thing he would change is that more victims could have gotten to the hospital sooner so that that they could have saved more people.
The world’s largest body of Muslim-majority nations has condemned the mass shooting in Orlando but also warned against “political campaigning and self-serving agendas” in the wake of the tragedy.
The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation said in a statement Monday that “the massacre, as terrible as it is, must not be taken out of its context as a domestic American case.”
The organization says it is concerned that “hasty judgment” and “Islamophobic discourse” have emerged before a full investigation into the motivations and causes of the attack that killed 49 people.
The organization also conveyed its condolences to the families of the victims of “this horrible act.”
It says the teachings of Islam are based on peace and tolerance, and that terrorism is a crime against humanity.
Two men have been detained outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
People have been bringing flowers and rainbow flags to the embassy in central Moscow to show their solidarity with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history since early morning.
An Associated Press reporter on Monday saw two young men take out a placard saying “Love wins” before police officers came up to them and took them away.
Russia passed a controversial law in 2013, banning the so-called propaganda of gay relationships among minors, which authorities have used to ban any public displays of support for the gay community.
FBI Director James Comey says the gunman in the Orlando nightclub attack that killed 49 people had “strong indications of radicalization” and was likely inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.
Comey told reporters Monday that Omar Mateen spoke with a 911 operator three times early Sunday morning. Mateen pledged loyalty to the head of the Islamic State group on his last call.
The FBI investigated Mateen for 10 months beginning in May 2013. Comey said investigators introduced him to confidential sources, followed him and reviewed details of some of his communications.
The early Sunday attack marked the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mateen died in a gun battle with police.
A vigil will be held Monday night in Orlando for the 49 victims of a gay nightclub massacre.
The group Equality Florida says it has been working with the city to make sure the event at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, just about a mile from the Pulse nightclub, will be safe.
Mayor Buddy Dyer will speak at the vigil.
A Democratic congressman says he’s done with the moments of silence typically held on the House floor after mass shootings.
Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes says he will leave the House floor during the traditional moment if Republican leaders schedule one to honor 49 people who died in an attack at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning.
In a series of tweets Sunday, Himes says the silence doesn’t honor victims, but mocks them. He calls the observances an “abomination” and says he will not be silent. He and other Democrats have complained about the moments of silence as Republicans and some Democrats have remained opposed to additional gun controls.
Himes says in an interview Monday that he plans to talk to Democratic colleagues about leaving the floor and honoring the victims in another way.
A steady stream of people is filing through a makeshift memorial about a mile from the gay Orlando nightclub where 49 victims were killed in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
The makeshift memorial had about 25 bouquets of flowers and a growing collection of candles by Monday morning.
One married couple, Josh and James Mercer, left a poster with the hashtags ”#onelove, #oneheart, #onepulse” and the illustration of a medical pulse.
Josh Mercer says two of their friends died in the shooting.
Others who approached the memorial were emotional, breaking down in tears or holding their hands to their faces in prayer.
Court documents reveal new details about the life of the Orlando nightclub shooter.
The documents are in relation to Omar Mateen’s petition to legally change his name in 2006, the same year he graduated from Indian River Community College.
The documents released Monday detail Mateen’s various jobs and say he was born in Queens, New York, and moved to Port Saint Lucie in 1991. Between 2001 and 2006, he worked at eight jobs, including a Publix grocery store, Circuit City, Chick-Fil-A and a Walgreens drug store.
Then his jobs begin focusing more on vitamins and health. He worked at Nutrition World in Fort Pierce, Gold’s Gym and a GNC store in a mall.
The records show that he changed his name from Omar Mir Seddique to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen. The documents don’t say why he changed his name.
The 29-year-old Mateen was killed after he attacked a gay nightclub early Sunday. Forty-nine other people died in the attack.
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says Orlando shooter Omar Mateen visited the kingdom twice to perform an Islamic pilgrimage.
Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press in a text message Monday that Mateen first visited Saudi Arabia for 10 days in March 2011 and again a year later in March 2012 for eight days.
Mateen had performed what is known as the umrah pilgrimage, a series of religious rites carried out in Mecca by millions of Muslims from around the world each year. This pilgrimage is shorter than the annual hajj.
Most pilgrims will also travel to the nearby city of Medina, where the Prophet Muhammad is buried and where he built the first mosque.
Hospital officials say five people are still in “grave condition” after they were wounded in the attack at an Orlando nightclub.
Orlando Regional Medical Center says 29 people are still at the hospital and a number of patients remain critically ill and in shock.
Six more surgeries on the victims are scheduled for Monday, a day after a gunman opened fire inside a gay nightclub. The attack left 50 people dead, including the shooter.
President Barack Obama says there’s no clear evidence that the shooter at an Orlando nightclub was directed to conduct his attack or part of a larger plot.
He says it appears the shooter was inspired by extremist information disseminated over the internet.
Obama says the investigation is at the preliminary stages and is being treated as a terrorism investigation. He says the attack appears to be similar to last year’s shooting spree in San Bernardino, California.
The president says investigators are still looking into the motivations of the shooter, including the fact that the shooting took place at a gay venue.
Obama spoke in the Oval Office after getting briefed on the investigation by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other officials.
The father of the Orlando nightclub shooter is calling his son’s massacre “the act of a terrorist.”
Seddique Mir Mateen gave a statement to reporters and answered a few questions Monday at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. On Sunday, the father suggested that his son’s anti-gay hatred may have led to the rampage, saying his son got angry a few months ago when he saw two men kissing in Miami.
Mateen apologized for what his son did and said “I am as sad and mad as you guys are.”
He wouldn’t go into details about any religious or political views his son held, saying he didn’t know.
Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama led a minute of silent prayer for the tragedy in Orlando during a visit to Washington.
Dressed in his customary saffron robes, he clasped his palms together, eyes closed, in front of several hundred people Monday at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was there speaking about the role of youth leaders in resolving world conflict.
The prayer came after the last of the bodies were removed from an Orlando gay nightclub. The attack left 49 victims dead.
Spain’s King Felipe VI has sent messages of support to President Barack Obama and Florida Gov. Rick Scott condemning the “brutal attack” in Orlando and expressing the condolences of the Spanish government and people.
In a telegram to the U.S. president, the king said he was “deeply affected” by what he described as “an execrable act contrary to all the principles of democratic co-existence.” He reiterated Spain’s firm commitment to continue cooperating closely with the U.S. for the peace and prosperity of both nations.
Speaking to Spain’s Telecinco television Monday, the king said it was important to stay united against the perpetrators of such attacks.
The father of the man authorities say opened fire at a gay Florida nightclub in a massacre that left 49 victims dead says the attack goes against everything he taught his son.
Speaking to reporters Monday morning, Seddique Mir Mateen — the father of gunman Omar Mateen — said the attack was against his principles and against what he taught his son.
Seddique Mir Mateen said the family is shocked by what happened and that if he’d known what his son was planning, he would have arrested him himself.
Authorities say Omar Mateen opened fire with an assault rifle at a gay nightclub early Sunday before being killed in a shootout with police. Another 53 people were wounded in the shooting.
Officials say they don’t yet know if anyone will be charged in the massacre that left 50 dead at a gay Florida club.
U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley said at a Monday morning news conference that officials have been collecting electronic and physical evidence as part of the ongoing investigation.
He says, “We don’t know if anyone else will be charged.” He adds that officials don’t believe there is a threat of imminent danger to the public.
Shooter Omar Mateen was killed in the early Sunday incident. Officials say 49 victims were killed in the incident.
The FBI says a total of 50 people were left dead, including Mateen.
Officials are giving more details about the law enforcement response to a mass shooting that left 50 dead at a gay Florida nightclub.
The officials spoke at a Monday morning news conference. Orlando police Chief John Mina says an extra officer was working at the Pulse nightclub in full uniform. The officer engaged with the shooter near an entrance. Additional officers entered, and engaged the suspect in another gunbattle. The shooter retreated to the bathroom.
Mina says, “At that time we were able to save and rescue dozens and dozens of people and get them out of the club.”
Officers then secured everything, and the SWAT team was brought in. Mina says officers then set up for an explosive breach on the bathroom wall. Mina says he made the decision to breach the wall, which created a hole through which dozens of clubgoers were rescued. Then the suspect exited through the same hole, and engaged in another gunbattle with officers. Shooter Omar Mateen was then killed.
Officials say that families of 24 of the victims from the massacre at a Florida nightclub have been notified.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer described the progress at a Monday morning news conference. He says that by 11 p.m. Sunday, all bodies of victims had been turned over to medical examiner. The massacre early Sunday left 50 dead.
A former Florida police officer who says he once worked with Orlando club shooter Omar Mateen described the 29-year-old as “unstable and unhinged.”
Daniel Gilroy told multiple news outlets that he worked with Mateen at the G4S security company. Gilroy called him an angry, loud, profane man who used slurs for gay people, blacks, Jews and women. Gilroy said Mateen also regularly made threats of violence.
Gilroy told The New York Times, “He talked about killing people all the time.” And Gilroy wasn’t surprised when he learned of the massacre: He said, “I saw it coming.”
Gilroy said Mateen started badgering him and sending dozens of text messages to him daily. Gilroy said he reported Mateen’s behavior to his bosses.
Gilroy says: “I kind of feel a little guilty that I didn’t fight harder. If I didn’t walk away and I fought, then maybe 50 people would still be alive today.”
The item has been corrected to show the name of security company is G4S, not G45
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says one victim of the Orlando nightclub attack worked on the Harry Potter Ride at the Universal Studios theme park.
The author tweeted a picture of 22-year-old Luis Vielma in a Hogwarts school tie, and said: “I can’t stop crying.”
Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron have sent messages of condolence from Britain for the attack, which killed 50 people at a gay nightclub.
Cameron said he was “horrified” by the shooting.
Buckingham Palace says the queen sent a message to President Barack Obama saying: “Prince Philip and I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected.”
The Islamic State’s radio has called the Orlando mass shooter “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.”
Al-Bayan Radio, a media outlet for the IS extremist group, on Monday hailed the attack that left 50 people dead, saying it targeted a gathering of Christians and gays and that it’s the worst attack on U.S. soil since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Authorities say Omar Mateen opened fire with an assault rifle at a gay nightclub early Sunday before being killed in a shootout with police. Another 53 people were wounded in the shooting.
The broadcast is apparently an opportunistic statement as IS has not officially claimed responsibility for the Orlando attack.
Israel’s ceremonial president says the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded dozens more is “as cowardly as it is abhorrent.”
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Reuven Rivlin says Monday that Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder with our American brothers and sisters” after the attack on the LGBT community.
He sent his condolences and said there is “no comfort for those who have had their loved ones torn away from them.”
The Orlando attack has dominated news in Israel, which has seen a wave of Palestinian attacks in recent months. On Wednesday two Palestinian gunmen killed four people at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv.
LGBT groups in Israel planned rallies and other support for the community in Orlando.
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 50 people and devastated a city famous for family-friendly theme parks.
When the attacker opened fire in the early hours of Sunday morning, it interrupted an evening of drinking, dancing and drag shows at a club known for tolerance for all people.
Authorities say suspect Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an assault rifle 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, 50 people were dead and dozens critically wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.