Mass casualties and the gunman dead at a shooting in an Orlando nightclub
Orlando's LGBT club Pulse was the target
Just a few hours ago Orlando Police reported via their Twitter account that there had been a shooting at Pulse nightclub, followed by an update that there are mass casualties.
Then at 2:53 EDT, Orlando Police confirmed that "the shooter inside the club is dead".
Pulse also posted this haunting message via Facebook: "Everyone get out of pulse and keep running".
Ricardo J Negron Almodovar was in the club at the time of the shooting and said, via Facebook, that the "shooter opened fire around 2am. People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran. I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well."
The Guardian reports that there could be as many as 20 people injured during the attack and that the shooting lasted for 15-20 minutes.
Shooting at Pulse Nightclub on S Orange. Multiple injuries. Stay away from area. pic.twitter.com/5Di2mc6XUY— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
We can confirm this is a mass casualty situation. Support from local/state/federal agencies. We expect to brief media shortly.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
Pulse Shooting: The shooter inside the club is dead.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
This tragedy comes just a day after the fatal news of former The Voice US contestant Christina Grimmie, who was shot while signing autographs after a show at Plaza Live in Orlando.
Police have released further details about the man who shot and killed the singer.
In a press conference yesterday (June 11), Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the gunman had travelled from another city in Florida to see Grimmie. As The Hollywood Reporter recounts, he said the suspect didn't appear to know the singer personally and could have been a fan.
Mina confirmed the gunman's motive was still unknown. His identity has also to be revealed to the public, but it has been confirmed that he shot and killed himself after shooting Grimmie.