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Florida shooting: All you need to know

A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers.

New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2016 6:40:44 am

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The Orlando nightclub attack comes days after the fatal shooting of ‘Voice’ contestant Christina Grimmie in Orlando, while she was signing autographs for fans after a show. Grimmie was a YouTube sensation. Her attacker later killed himself.

The city of Orlando is publishing the names of those killed on its website after their families have been contacted. The list can be found at

Here’s is a quick update of what happened in Florida:

#Mateen was religious, peaceful, at one point expressed interest in becoming police officer

# At least 50 dead and 53 wounded in mass shooting at “Pulse” club in Orlando

# It is the deadliest single U.S. mass shooting incident, eclipsing the 2007 massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech university

# Gunman identified as Omar Mateen is  a Florida resident, born to Afghan parents in 1986

# Mateen was carrying an AR-15 style assault rifle and a handgun

# He may have had leanings toward Islamic State militants

# A police officer working as a security guard inside the Pulse nightclub exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2 a.m (US time)

# A hostage situation was developed, and three hours later SWAT team officers used armored cars to storm the club before shooting dead the gunman

# Dozens of terrified patrons, some of whom had been hiding in restrooms, were rescued

# President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to provide any assistance needed to Florida police investigating the shooting, the White House said

# Obama denounces “act of terror, act of hate”

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