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Orlando nightclub shooting


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Orlando nightclub shooting: 50 killed in terror attack - CNN.com

A gay nightclub here was the scene early Sunday of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11.

* 50 people were killed inside the Pulse club and at least 53 people were injured, police say.
* The gunman was Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, a law enforcement source told CNN.
* Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.

"It appears he was organized and well-prepared," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. The shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and "some type of (other) device on him."

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on jihadi forums, but ISIS sympathizers have reacted by praising the attack on pro-Islamic State forums.

Officials, aided by the FBI, warned that a lengthy investigation was ahead given the number of victims and the scope of the violence.

"There's blood everywhere," U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson told reporters. "There's an enormous amount of evidence to be collected."

It's just shocking," said Christopher Hansen, who was inside Pulse when he heard gunshots, "just one after another after another."

"It could have lasted a whole song," he said.

Hansen was getting a drink at the bar about 2 a.m. when he "just saw bodies going down."

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he had declared a state of emergency for the city and has requested the governor do the same for the state.

Before Sunday, the deadliest shootings in U.S. history were at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, with 32 and 27 killed.

President Barack Obama was scheduled to make a statement about the attacks at 1:30 pm ET.

Law enforcement sources had told CNN that the suspect had possible explosive devices strapped to his body and in his vehicle, but a U.S. official said later that no explosives were found.

Mina said authorities were called to the club. After a shootout with the gunman around 2 a.m. ET, the shooter ran back inside the club and took people hostage.

People inside the club were communicating on their phones with law enforcement between that time and around 5 a.m., when authorities used an armored vehicle to break down the door of the building. The club is a vast, open space that was hosting more than 300 patrons late Saturday and into Sunday morning.

One officer suffered an eye injury when a bullet struck his Kevlar helmet, said Danny Banks, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Orlando bureau. The helmet saved the officer's life, Banks said.
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This is so disturbing and sad for the many families involved. Hopefully they can find peace in this tragedy's aftermath


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The toll is crazy high - but i've often wondered why mass killings haven't hit these numbers and I wonder if the target in this case, a busy nightclub where everyone is in a big room probably contributed to this.

Schools and offices have so many corridors and little rooms to hide in.

But with the weaponry available to Americans its a bit of a wonder we haven't had one with such a high toll...

...and as with other mass killings all the media attention has that voice in the back of my head arguing with another voice: "all this coverage gives prestige to the shooter and will incentivize future ones" fighting with "it IS a big story, of course its going to get a lot of coverage"


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This guy is interviewed by the FBI 3 times with suspected ties to terrorism yet he can stroll into a store and legally buy a Glock9 and AR15 and I'm sure tons of ammo and no flagged raised to the same FBI that interviewed him 3 times?!? I bet typing the word "jihad" or "ISIS" will get you flagged quicker. The gun lobby in the US is out of control.

Wonder how fucknuts Trump will capitalize on this.

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the Toronto vigil last night was incredibly touching. We were moved and captivated until 9:00 when GOT started. I may also go join the sisterhood.


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Wow. My wife was saying the same thing last night. Guarantee you'll be hearing more from the dad. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
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This is going to turn into "SEE??? YOU CAN'T TRUST TEH GHEYZ, THEY BE THE DEVIL AND KILL THEIR OWN!!!" in conservative media in 3.....2....1..... (and action)
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