Around 50 dead inside Florida bar

Story highlights A minimum of 50 killed, 53 injured in shooting at gay club, cops chief saysAuthorities bust into club and kill shooter who was holding individuals captive, cops chief saidClubgoer: Gunshots “could have lasted a whole tune,” they seemed to last for so longAt least 53 people more people were injured, he said. Police have actually shot and eliminated the shooter, Mina told reporters. “It’s appears he was organized and well-prepared,” the chief said, adding that the shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and “some kind of (other) gadget on him.” Authorities cautioned that a lengthy examination was ahead, provided the variety of victims and the scope of the violence. “There’s blood all over,” U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson told press reporters. “There’s a massive amount of proof to be collected.” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he had stated a state of emergency for the city and has actually asked for the guv do the same for the state. Police sources told CNN that the suspect had possible explosive devices strapped to his body and in his automobile, but a U.S. authorities said later that no explosives were discovered. A minimum of 9 policemans were involved in the shootout, Mina stated. A number of coroner vans were seen traveling toward the nightclub.One officer suffered an eye injury when a bullet struck his Kevlar helmet, said Danny Banks, unique agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando bureau. The helmet conserved the policeman’s life, Banks stated. The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has actually been recognized as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement authorities inform CNN.Orlando authorities stated they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While private investigators are checking out all angles, they “have tips the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we cannot say absolutely,” said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Orlando bureau. Obama informed on Orlando shootingAuthorities are likewise checking out the possibility the attack was a hate criminal activity, a law enforcement source informed CNN.Shooting, hostage situationThe shooting began around 2 a.m., and an officer who was working at the club reacted, Mina stated. The policeman took part in a shootout outside the club, after which the gunman encountered the club. “That became a captive circumstance,” Mina said.Authorities were getting calls from people inside the club but away from the gunman, the chief stated. More cops hurried to the scene and broke down a door with an armored automobile, assisting some 30 club-goers leave to security, Mina said. At that point cops shot and eliminated the gunman, he stated. CNN affiliate WKMG video caught clubgoers carrying injured individuals from the club. “It’s simply stunning,” stated Christopher Hansen, who was inside Pulse. He heard gunshots, “simply one after another after another. It could have lasted an entire tune,” he said.Hansen was getting a beverage at the bar when he “simply saw bodies decreasing,” he said.When the shots emerged, he meetinged the ground, crawling on his elbows and knees, prior to he identified a guy who had actually been shot. “I took my bandanna off and shoved it in the hole in his back,” Hansen said, including that he saw another lady who appeared to be shot in the arm.The club published on its Facebook page shortly after the violence started: “Everyone leave Pulse and keep running.” Orlando police cautioned locals to stay away from the area, and urged individuals not to call their workplaces. They decreased to offer the variety of casualties, stating details will be available later on. Bomb sniffing pets are on the scene. ‘Simply bang, bang, bang!’ Pulse explains itself as “the most popular gay bar” in the heart of Orlando. Hours before the shooting, the club urged party-goers to attend its “Latin flavor” occasion Saturday night. Jolly, well-dressed crowds heeded the call in an event that became a problem. “It was just, bang, bang, bang!” party-goer Hansen said of the gunfire. Ricardo Negron Almodovar stated he remained in the club when the shooting started about 2 a.m. He barely left. “Individuals on the dance floor and bar came down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outside area and just ran,” he posted on the club’s Facebook page. “I am securely home and hoping everyone gets home safely also.” Anthony Torres, who was at the club, stated he and his friends were leaving the club when the shots were fired just after last call, as the club was nearing closing time. “The shots did not sound like a regular handgun. It seemed like it was shooting repetitively and it would not stop,” said Torres, who added that he saw at least 10 individuals who had been shot. Tearful family members waited outside the club as lights from patrol car flashed in the background. Some implored the media to help them get word on their enjoyed ones.’ Just a great deal of individuals howling’ The sound of gunshots echoed beyond the club.Jose Torres was clocking in to work at a Dunkin’ Donuts across the street when he heard them. “It was something that I never heard previously,” Torres stated. “I needed to run inside the store, and I saw simply a great deal of individuals screaming, sobbing. Simply yelling and coming out running like insane.” Torres said he ducked into the Dunkin’ Donuts and called 911 as several individuals dashed out of the club, bleeding. Cops and SWAT groups hurried to the scene.” They don’t let nobody in or out,” he stated. “The SWAT group is inside there.” Authorities have actually conducted a controlled explosion near the club, according to Orlando police. Tom Fuentes, a CNN law enforcement analyst, stated managed explosions are used to breach a door or when a topic is barricaded in a space and cops want to utilize a stun grenade to momentarily freeze their main nervous system. FBI representatives were likewise assisting at the scene, agency spokeswoman Amy Pittman stated. President Barack Obama was informed on the shooting and asked the FBI and other federal authorities to supply him with regular updates, a statement said. Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted, “My prayers are with the victims’ families & & all those affected by the shooting in Orlando. We will dedicate every resource offered to assist.” Health centers on lockdownAuthorities prompted caution as policemans hovered close by with weapons and pet dogs. A couple of miles away, the Orlando Regional Medical Center was put on lockdown, the medical facility said in a statement. Just necessary workers are being allowed access into the building. Relatives looking for loved ones were advised to go to the medical center’s north tower with recognition. Healthcare facility staff will companion member of the family with IDs to a household conference location. Arnold Palmer Hospital and Winnie Palmer Healthcare facility were also put on lockdown from an abundance of care, but the lockdown was lifted by mid-morning, officials said. The mass shooting occurred just a few miles from Orlando’s Plaza Live theater where 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie, who had actually appeared on NBC’s “The Voice,” was gunned down Friday night.Follow @faithcnn CNN’s John Couwels, Joe Sutton, Vivian Kuo, Deborah Flower, Pamela Brown, Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and MaryLynn Ryan contributed to this report

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