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At least 20 dead, dozens hurt in 'terrorism' act at Pulse nightclub.
The White House released the following statement in regards to the Pulse nightclub shooting:
"The President was briefed this morning by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victimes. The President asked to received regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community."
During a new conference, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said as many as 20 people are dead inside the Pulse nightclub. At least 42 people were transported to area hospitals and as many as 30 people were rescued from the nightclub.
The gunman is not from the area, police said, and investigators are working to identify him. A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the agency could not confirm whether the shooter was a U.S. citizen.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the shooting is being investigated as a domestic terrorist incident.
According to Mina, an Orlando officer was working at the Pulse nightclub at about 2 a.m. when the shooting happened. That officer engaged in a gun battle with the suspect at the club. The gunman closed the doors to the club, and the shooting became a hostage situation from there.
At about 5 a.m., law enforcement made the decision to rescue the hostages inside the club. A distraction explosion was set off to aid in the rescue. As many as 30 people were rescued, according to police.
Police said an assault rifle and a handgun was found with the gunman. He also had some sort of device on him, and investigators are trying to determine what it is.
At least nine OPD officers were involved in the shooting. One officer was injured but suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The FBI is taking the lead on the investigation. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will assist with the officer-involved shooting portion of the investigation.
"Many lives were lost," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer during the news conference. "Many lives were impacted by the crime they witnessed."........................
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Orlando Police Chief John Mina said a shooter wielding an assault-type rifle killed around 20 people and wounded 42 others before dying in a shootout with SWAT officers.
The shooting happened at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club. Police said the attack started at around 2am after the gunman exchanged fire with an officer at the club, then went inside and took several hostages. SWAT officers stormed the club at around 5am to rescue the hostages and kill the suspect.
A lengthy exchange of gunfire could be heard from outside the club in one video posted on Twitter at 5:40am.
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