12, June 2016
The death toll from a mass murder at a night club in Orlando, Florida, has reached to 50 people, the worst mass shooting in US history. About 53 other people were injured in the shooting, which took place in the Pulse Club on Sunday morning.
The gunman, identified by US media as an alleged Daesh sympathizer named Omar Mateen, took hostages at the club and barricaded himself in the complex but was later killed by specially trained SWAT units. “It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said, adding that the assailant had an assault-type weapon and a handgun.
Authorities described the attack as a domestic act of terrorism. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also involved in the case. According the White House, President Barack Obama was filled in on the shooting and would later on deliver a statement.