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BREAKING: 50 Dead, More Injured In Orlando Club Shooting

Scene of Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

Orlando police are now reporting that 50 patrons were killed and at least 53 more were injured when a gunman opened fire overnight inside the Pulse, a gay nightclub.

The Associated Press is calling it “the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.”

NPR’s Carrie Johnson is reporting that two law enforcement sources have identified the gunman as Omar Mateen.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters Sunday morning the shooter was well organized and had an assault weapon and handgun. 

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he has declared a state of emergency for the city. The FBI is helping organize the investigation.

CNN is reporting that before this tragedy the deadliest shootings in U.S. history were at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, with 32 and 27 killed.

Public Radio Station WMFE in Orlando is covering the investigation and is posting updates on their website.


Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the San Antonio station in December 2014 and leads a growing staff that produces two weekly programs; a daily talk show, news features, reports and online content. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.