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50 People Killed And Many Others Injured In Orlando Mass shooting

Friends and family members embrace outside Orlando Police headquarters on Sunday, [9]after a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub,[4] which left at least 50 people dead.

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Police have confirmed that 50 people were killed in the Sunday morning shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub, [4]making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, opened fire inside the popular gay club Pulse in Orlando at around 2 a.m. [3]According to police, the shooting  which authorities described as a “domestic terror attack” [6]quickly turned into a hostage situation, as the 300-plus people inside the club tried to escape.[2]

Mateen was ultimately killed by SWAT team officers approximately three hours after he began shooting.[10] It was initially reported that 20 people had been killed in the attack, [1]but at a news conference later Sunday morning.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the death toll was approximately 50, in addition to Mateen.

The U.S. has a long history of mass shootings. Prior to Sunday’s attack in Orlando,[10] the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting had been the deadliest, with 32 fatalities in addition to the shooter.[2]

Other mass shootings in recent years include the 1999 attack that left 13 dead at Columbine High School in Colorado;[9] the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, [4]Conn., that killed 26; the June 2015 shooting spree that killed nine people at a church in South Carolina; and the December 2015 attack at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif.,that left 14 dead.[12]

Source: Yahoo News

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