A gunman killed 50 people and injured 53 in a massacre at a gay nightclub in the tourist hub of Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday, the city’s mayor and police said, in an attack US authorities are described as a “terrorism incident.”
There were comflicting reports as to the motivation behind the attack. The shooter identified as Omar S Mateen, was said by a senior FBI official to might have had leanings towards ISIS militants, a claim carried by NBC News that reported that he called 911 and swore allegiance to ISIS before carrying out the massacre.
Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club (Photo: REUTERS)
Police attend the scene of the massacre in Orlando (Photo: AP)