Earlier today the world was rocked with news that a gunman had gone on ashooting spree at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.
Eventually it turned into a hostage situation, with the attacker being killed. The latest update from the Orlando Police confirms that 50 people are dead as a result of the incident. A devastating number which makes itAmerica’s worse mass shooting in over 30 years. A further 53 have been wounded, and the FBI are saying that they believe the shooting was an act of terrorism.
Chief Mina sent a police assault team into the venue after receiving numerous messages from hostages still trapped inside. He said:
“Our Swat officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, the suspect is dead.“He appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle and a handgun, and had some type of device on him.”
The gunman has been identifiedasOmar Mateen, from Port St Lucie, Florida, by some parts of the media, although the police are yet to confirm or deny this.
It’s such tragic news. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this mindless act of violence.