What we know
- A gunman opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., killing 50 people and leaving 53 others hospitalized in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
- The suspect was identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen whose family is believed to be from Afghanistan.
- Mateen, who was carrying an assault-style rifle, handgun and possibly an explosive device, was killed after exchanging fire with officers at 5 a.m. He had taken hostages inside.
- According to officials, Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge his allegianceto ISIS.
- Federal officials are investigating Mateen's possible ties to radical terror organizations. He was known to the FBI, which questioned him in 2013 but found histies were insignificant.
- Mateen's father expressed shock over the attack, but said his son did have held anti-gay views.
- Witnesses described a chaotic scene as they attempted to flee.
- Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called for patience as authorities continued the gruesome task of removing bodies from the club.
- The names of the victims are being released as next of kin are notified, police said.
- Florida officials called on the public for blood donations, and donors showed up in droves.
- President Obama called the shooting "an act of terror and an act of hate."
- Both presumptive 2016 presidential nominees weighed in on the massacre.
- Donald Trump called on Obama to "step down" for not using the term "radical Islam."
- Hillary Clinton said the mass shooting underscores the need for stricter gun control.
- "Weapons of war have no place on our streets," Clinton said.
SOURCE: Yahoo News