Orlando shooting: Bomb squad carries out ‘controlled explosion’ as gunman holds hostages at Pulse gay nightclub

Update Suspect Identified – as Omar Mateen

The suspected Islamic extremist who killed about 20 people after taking party-goers hostage inside a gay club in Orlando has been identified.

Law enforcement sources have identified the shooter, who was wielding an assault rifle and a handgun, as US citizen Omar Mateen, from Port St. Lucie in Florida.

The gunman, who was born to Afghan parents, was carrying a suspicious device, possibly a suicide vest, when he opened fire on the dance floor inside Pulse in the early hours of this morning.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said authorities have not determined the exact number of people killed, but that ‘approximately 20’ have died. Another 42 people were taken to hospital.

Twitter – Omar Mateen


Original post – Police have carried out a controlled explosion outside a Florida gay nightclub where people are being held hostage by a gunman.

A gunman opened fire at Pulse LGBT club in Orlando at around 2am local time (7am UK time), reportedly shooting more than 20 people.

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Belfast Telegraph: Gunman dies after Florida nightclub shooting

Daily Mail: ‘Multiple casualties’ confirmed at US gay club after gunman who burst in ‘wearing a suicide vest’ and took hostages before shooting up to 20 people is killed

Twitter: Orlando Police Chief John Mina, Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and FBI expected to discuss nightclub shooting 7 a.m. ET.


Orlando Nightclub Terror Attack Leaves 20 Dead

At least 42 people were also injured when a gunman opened fire and took hostages at the gay club.


Orlando Police: Approximately 20 dead within nightclub; law enforcement has not yet confirmed suspect identity

I’m thinking of a name that begins with ‘M’…

Orlando Police say their officers rescued 30 people from the Pulse nightclub following shooting

When asked if the shooter turned his weapon on himself, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said ‘our officers shot the suspect’When asked if the shooter turned his weapon on himself, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said ‘our officers shot the suspect’

Upcoming: The next media briefing on the Orlando nightclub shooting is expected at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Orlando Police chief: ‘We did find a device on the suspect himself and possibly on his car’


Islamic extremist kills 20 after opening fire in gay nightclub

The FBI indicated the shooter had “leanings to radical Islamic terrorism” and the Orlando sheriff is treating the incident as a “domestic terrorism incident.”

How’s Obama going to spin this one?


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A suspected Islamic extremist wielding an assault rifle and a handgun has killed about 20 people after taking party-goers hostage inside a gay nightclub in Orlando. The gunman was carrying a suspicious device, possibly a suicide vest, when he opened fire on the dance floor inside Pulse in the early hours of this morning. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said authorities have not determined the exact number of people killed, but that ‘approximately 20’ have died. Another 42 people were taken to hospital. An FBI spokesman said the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism.


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