GUNMAN KILLS 20 IN FLORIDA GAY NIGHTCLUB
SOURCE: BOING BOING
At least 20 are reported dead and more than 40 injured at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, after a gunman took hostages in the early hours of the morning. Police killed him and described the massacre as an act of terrorism.
“Everyone get out and keep running,” the club posted on its Facebook page during the attack. The BBC reports that desperate relatives have gathered near the club after receiving texts and call from inside but nothing since.
It’s not clear yet who the assailant was or any ideological motive for the shootings. John Mina, Orlando’s Police Chief, said the attack began at 2 a.m. when police officer at the club “exchanged gunfire with the gunman,” who managed to enter and initiate a hostage situation.
A SWAT team went in at about 5 a.m. to rescue the hostages, the suspect dying in an exchange of fire. He was said to be armed with an assault rifle and handguns , reports The Boston Herald.
An explosion reported at the scene was a controlled blast used to distract the gunman, police said. About 100 people were in the club at 2 a.m., said clubgoer Jon Alamo, who reported hearing betwrrn 20 and 50 shots Photo Police lock down Orange Avenue around Pulse nightclub, where people were killed by a gunman in a shooting rampage in Orlando, Florida June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski