Following the early morning shootout at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., police and other officials offer additional details.
Orland Mayor Buddy Dyer, in a press conference report at approximately 10:20 a.m. ET, that the Pulse nightclub building has been cleared. There are approximately 50 deaths, in addition to the shooter, a significant increase to the earlier estimate of 20. Another 53 are hospitalized. The mayor has asked the governor to issue a state of emergency.
Dyer says the focus is going to be on identifying the victims, the identification process may take some time.
Police chief John Mina reports the building has been cleared of any devices, and they’re investigating the alleged shooter’s van. Mina notes that SWAT teams were able to rescue approximately 30 victims.
FBI has confirmed the identify of the subject, and is informing next of kin. FBI said it will not release the name until the next update. Various media outlets are reporting a shooter’s name, but that has yet to be confirmed by officials in a press conference. FBI declined to say whether the shooting is a hate crime or terrorism.
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