Early this morning, a gunman opened fire at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, where there were around 300 people inside. The gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, was killed by a SWAT team at the scene, but not before at least 50 people were killed and 53 were injured.
Police first said that at least 20 people were killed, but that number climbed to 49, reports The Orlando Sentinel. Police also said that 53 people were injured.
The shooting has been described as terrorism and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared a state of emergency. The massacre is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
“Tonight our community witnessed or experienced a very horrific crime,” Dyer said, the Sentinel reports. “Many lives were lost, and many more individuals were impacted by witnessing the crime.”
UPDATE: Police said that the number of victims is 49. The gunman was also killed, which brought the total number of deaths to 50.
UPDATE: The following victims have been identified, via ABC News:
- Edward Sotomayor Jr.
- Stanley Almodovar III
- Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo
- Juan Ramon Guerrero
- Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera
- Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz