Several outlets are reporting another horrifying incident in the Orlando area that authorities are “considering an act of terrorism,” this time with ‘mass casualties’ at an LGBT nightclub. Authorities say that a shooter entered the Pulse nightclub at around 2:00 AM and opened fire with an “assault type rife and a handgun,” reportedly hitting several people before engaging police outside and then taking hostages inside the club. At least forty two people have been transported to local hospitals and “approximately 20” deceased inside the club. The Orlando police have been releasing updates via their Twitter account ahead of their media briefing this morning:
The shooter inside the club is dead, Orlando Police said on the department’s official Twitter page. It was not immediately clear how the shooter died, or how many people were wounded in the shooting. Police described it as a “mass casualty situation.”
Police reported “multiple injuries” following the shooting at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club. People were told to stay away from the area.
Dozens of police vehicles, including a SWAT team, swarmed the area around the club. At least two police pickup trucks were seen taking what appeared to be shooting victims to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Police said via Twitter that a noise heard near the shooting site was a “controlled explosion.” No other details were provided.