Atleast 50 people confirmed dead in Florida gay nightclub shooting


An unknown number of people have been injured in an ongoing shooting attack at a gay nightclub in Florida which began early on Sunday, with police reporting "multiple injuries".
The incident began at around 2:00 am (0600 GMT) at the Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando, with witnesses speaking of a gunman opening fire with an automatic weapon.
It was the second shooting incident in the city in just over 24 hours, coming shortly after singer Christina Grimmie was shot dead late Friday by a gunman who stormed a theater where she had just finished a gig.
"Shooting at Pulse Nightclub on S Orange. Multiple injuries. Stay away from area," Orlando police wrote on Twitter, with a police dispatcher telling AFP it was an "active shooting."
"There are injuries. I am not sure if there are any deceased at this time," the dispatcher said.
"Officers are going in to search the building and to get people out."
The club advertises itself online as "Orlando's hottest gay bar".
Speaking to Sky News, clubber Ricardo Negron, who was inside when the shooting began, described how the gunman raked the club with bullets.
"At around 2:00 am someone started shooting. People just dropped on the floor. I guess the shooter was shooting at the ceiling because you could see all the glass from the lamps falling," he told the network.
He described hearing "non-stop firing" which probably lasted less than a minute but felt like a lot longer.
"There was a brief pause in the shooting and some of us just got up and ran out the back."
"People have definitely been injured -- or worse."

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