Early this morning (June 12th), police officers from Orlando, Florida responded to a shooting at a gay nightclub called Pulse. A gunman opened fire in the crowd of 300 hundred patrons who were partying. Unable to enter the building due to the violence of bullets flying everywhere, police officials used an armored truck to break down inside the building at 5a.m. Some of the police authorities were communicating with people inside the club and were able to collect enough data to make their move.
The gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29 (pictured below) from Ft. Pierce, Florida, law enforcements informed CNN. Mateen was killed by police officials during the gunfire and shoot-out with him.
Orlando Police Chief, John Mina stated how it was not a random shooting and how it was planned, calculated by Mateem because of various weapons found on him.
"It appears he was organized and well-prepared," Mina revealed.
"The shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and "some type of (other) device on him."
Speculations have arised and raised eyebrows questioning how Mateen got inside the nightclub with all those weapons and the lack of security at Pulse nightclub. Which is very rare because it is a popular gay nightclub. How is it that Mateen got a pass to enter the nightclub fully armed? Things that make you go hmmm.
U.S. Rep., Alan Grayson expressed the details of what the nightclub looked like after the mass shooting and the evidence left behind to news reporters.
One of the patrons that was inside the club Christopher Hansen, talked about the matter of the ordeal, what he witnessed and how long it lasted.
It's just shocking," said Hansen expressd, who was inside Pulse when he heard gunshots, "just one after another after another."
"It could have lasted a whole song," he elaborated.
Hansen was getting a drink at the bar about 2 a.m. when he "just saw bodies going down."
Since the incident, an investigation is currently being conducted and Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer declared a state of emergency for the city of Orlando.
During the investigation proceedings, police officials reported to CNN that possible explosives strapped to the gunman body but later recanted that none was found. U.S. Officials, the F.B.I and other law enforcements have been called to assist with the investigation into the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. There's specualtion it might be terrorist related but as of now, that has not been confirmed and is still being investigated. During a news conference, law enforcements revealed they believe it was a hate crime and will continue with conducting their investigation to find out the motive and if it is however terrorist related.
Ricardo Negron Almodovar, who was inside the nightclub at the time of the shooting is grateful that he made it out alive. And expressed on his Facebook page (below,) what he and others had to do to survive.
"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."
He then informed family and friend that he was safe.
"I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well."
Torres gave a recollection of what took place inside Pulse nightclub below.
"The shots did not sound like a regular handgun. It sounded like it was shooting repetitively and it wouldn't stop," expressed Torres, who revealed 10 people were shot.
The total fatalities in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting resulted in 50 people dead and 53 who sustained injuries. People took to social media to send out prayers, comfort and concerns to the victims and their families with the hashtag, #PrayForPulse and #PrayForOrlando. People in Orlando are volunteering blood, their time and support to the victims who have been injured. Orlando is coming together as a people, as well as the nation in enduring another mass shooting, with this one being documented from law enforcement as the worst one in their investigations.
Prayers and condolences to all the victims and their families.
Article Reference: CNN