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Shocking! At Least 50 Dead, 53 Injured After Terror Attack on an Orlando LGBT Nightclub

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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The suspect was shot and killed by police after 20 people died and 42 were injured. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FL – JUNE 12: Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The suspect was shot and killed by police.

At least 50 people have died and 53 others injured following a suspected terrorist attack on Pulse (an LGBT nightclub) in Orlando, The Guardian reports.

Orlando police said the shooting was being treated as an “act of domestic terrorism” and had resulted in mass casualties, urging people to stay away from the area. They also confirmed that the killed had been killed.

In a press conference on Sunday morning, an FBI spokesman said investigators believed the attacker may have had extremist beliefs, and would consider possible links to ISIS, but cautioned they were pursuing multiple leads.

Eyewitnesses on Pulse’ Facebook page said the shooting began at about 2AM on Sunday.

One user, Ricardo A., wrote: “I was there. Shooter opened fire @ around 2AM. People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran. I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well”

Another user, Jordan H., wrote: “There was a shooter with an assault rifle who shot up the people in the club sometime around 2AM. The club is reported to have been at full capacity. The shooter has himself barricaded inside Pulse with multiple hostages.”

According to the Chief of Police John Mina, “A little after 0500 hours we made a decision to go in and conduct a rescue, we were being contacted by people in the bathroom, about 15 people, our biggest concern was future loss of life.”

He also said that the suspect was “well organised” saying that they cannot confirm if he worked alone or in coordination with others.

This is coming after 22-year-old singer, Christina Grimmie, who rose to fame as a contestant on The Voice and via her successful YouTube page, was shot by a gunman outside of her concert on the night of Friday 10th June 2016. Click here if you missed it. The police named Kevin James Loibl, 26 as the shooter, saying that he travelled to Orlando from his home in St Petersburg, Florida (about two hours’ drive away), with the intention of carrying out the crime.

Police confirmed there was no known connection between the two shootings.

Photo Credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

35 Comments

  1. Mr. Egghead

    June 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Too many civilians in America have access to military grade guns. Until they solve that problem, all these mass shootings will be on auto-repeat.
    But I wonder how he got that gun into the club when I always patted down twice.

    Meanwhile, Trump be like “I told ya those Muslims hate us”

    • Damilola

      June 13, 2016 at 7:10 am

      ISIS is using homosexuality as a stupid excuse. This guy is a terrorist and it’s hatred all around. This evil terrorist group have beheaded and killed muslims, innocent children, women and christians. Until the gun control laws are changed, American government is misleading their citizens acting like they care about whats going on. FBI keeps an eye watching these terrorists but wait until they do something deadly. Let it be a black person, suspicion will have him dead. So, until the government stop all this propaganda then we will be ready to deal with the real problem

    • hezekina pollutina

      June 13, 2016 at 9:02 am

      My dear. Imagine if it was Blacks going around terrorizing the world, hehe. There would be death camps everywhere to kill all the Blacks. But because Arabs are white-like, they get a free pass and are treated better then Blacks, in general. Racism go kill dem-dem. For Blacks to abandon their native religions and worship the White and Arab Gods is such a farce and shame. It is a real slave mentality. The same religions that was justified to enslave you and hate you are the ones you will be worshiping in the name of having something to worship. Oh well. carry on! haha.

  2. Californiabawlar

    June 12, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    So riddle me this: the first NPR thread that came up on my feed had people screaming terrorism at the top of their lungs. Why? Because it was at a gay club, the ASSUMED the shooter was a white male christian. Now, a few hours later, another headline shows the shooters name and he’s clearly of arab descent with reports citing him screaming ‘islamic rhetoric’ (we all know what that is) while he was shooting, the comments on the thread have folks doing a complete turnaround…now it’s “…the fact that he’s muslim doesn’t make it a terrorist act…”.
    Misplaced priorities will be the undoing of most people with this stupid dance they are dancing. 50 people are dead, it’s either they are arguing on what to call the shooter or people are leaving stupid sarcastic comments about gun control.
    To me, the lack of empathy and value for human life is main issue. Imagine people saying that the little boy should have died instead of the gorilla! I swear. One guy claimed the gorilla was rare and there are several stupid little children around.
    Ogbon agbonju! (Being overly wise) People will say anything to seem edgy and liberal…I just can’t with all these people.

    • Evab

      June 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      He pledged allegiance to ISIS so he is in fact a TERRORIST

    • Californiabawlar

      June 12, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      My dear abeg, siddon dey look.
      They will come and tell you christian terrorists too nko?
      it’s dead people they are using to play politics….may we never miswaka in this America.

  3. @edDREAMZ

    June 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Just like that! This is very painfull though.. RIP to their souls though…
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  4. Anon

    June 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I’m lost for words. Just very sad.

  5. Gun-Control

    June 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    The US needs to have another look into their gun-control Bill. These acts of gunviolence have gotten too rampant.

  6. Tolu

    June 12, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Guess Trump is somewhere shaking his head…

  7. frank

    June 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    – LGBT

    • Sigh

      June 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      What is this one saying? What does Toke and Toolz have to do with this? Face the issue – gun control and stop sentimentalizing issues.

  8. Anonymous

    June 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I’m sorry are Nigerians talking? When gay people have a N14k bounty on their heads? Both Christians and Muslims alike. Christians don’t bomb, but they throw away young children in the village for being “witches”, some rapists are also “Christians” by religion, corrupt politicians, people who snatch the inheritance of widows, people who kidnap children, people who come here to bomb Toke Makinwa, Noble and Toolz verbally. People who insult and abuse “gays”. You have all played a part in this. If we don’t begin to practice God’s LOVE in it’s true form, many more people will die. And not just by Muslim extremists.

    • bruno

      June 12, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      pls stay on topic. what has toke or noble igwe or toolz have to do with this.

      u are a Muslim and u are feeling guilty cause another muslim is in the news for killing innocent people again.

      “its not only Muslims that are bad, christains are also bad. look at the crimes they commit” this is what u are in directly saying.

      both religions preach hate towards gay people which is wrong.

      if this man was thought tolerance in his place of worship will he have gone on a shooting spree? the answer is no. homophobia is a learned behave. nobody is born to hate gay people. instead it is their religious leaders or ignorant parents or school teachers etc that teach them to hate gay people.

  9. bruno

    June 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    omar mateen is the name of the mass shooter. he is a muslim and an american citizen with Afghanistan parents

    according to the killer’s father, he saw two men kissing a few months ago and that was what anger him.
    he is also a former security guard.

    ur religion ceases to be a religion when is encourages hate towards innocent people.

    • Tiana

      June 12, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      See me see trouble oh. He killed people because he saw two men kissing… and so.. maybe he liked it a bit too much.. every country Islam goes, there is problem.. you tolerate our ways but we will never accept you because you a non believer.. this is the basis of the religion.. it’s time we have an open discussion as to whether the extreme views of religion still fits into the modern world…

  10. kola

    June 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Why will they b kissing in front of his son? Someone people don’t want that for their children, it is high time the america government do what is right and put and end homosexual. You cannot force ur life style on those who do not want it. Homosexual r brainless

    • bruno

      June 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      @kola

      u are an animal I and pray the KKK shot u for being black.

    • Author Unknown

      June 12, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Are you well at all, or just seeking attention with your ridiculous comment?

    • le coco

      June 12, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      So all the ppl in D club were kissing infront of the son? r u normal? how were they forcing their lifestyle down people’s throats? how often have we seen heterosexuals kiss why ddnt he shoot them .. they weren’t kissing the son neither did they kiss deliberately to annoy anyone.. These innocent people were minding their business in a club.. they weren’t partying in the shooters living room.. The terrorist left his own house to forcefully impose his views on a group that were nt bothering him… .. nobody deserves to die this way.. and homosexuality isn’t the issue here.. how many things do we see on a daily basis that annoy us or that we don’t agree with? If I have to exercise self control.. then I will not excuse any trigger happy bigot..

    • Oma

      June 12, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      and that is your answer? that justifies killing innocent people?

    • LailaZ

      June 13, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Surely you realise how stupid your comment is? All the heterosexuals who kiss in public nko? Or what about the endless amount of sex/nudity on TV, advertising and mass media? All that one didn’t disturb him it’s now two consensual male adults displaying affection that triggers him?! Tschew!

      And I’m sure you will be one of those people saying you are a Christian. Doesn’t your god say “Hate the sin and not the sinner”?. Hypocrite thy name is Kola.

    • Corolla

      June 13, 2016 at 2:58 am

      What are you on about?! Do you have a brain at all? Did the American government force anybody to be gay? Can you even listen to yourself? 50 people were killed and you are uttering absolute nonsense!

  11. snowflakes

    June 12, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    this shows how much hate, 1 human can possess. he stopped being human immediately he shot one person

  12. snowflakes

    June 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Kola, u are extremely brainless. Take several deep breaths and really read what u put up and then decide if u are a human or a cold hearted thing

  13. BlueEyed

    June 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    You know, no lie, these Muslims are a thorn and I now see why Donald trump has been able to gather the support he has (not that i support him) because realistically, these people are not anybody’s friend, and they will kill at first sight, the intolerance and love for human blood is just disturbing.

  14. Kyle Ing

    June 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    This is got to stop ASAP. Equal life!

  15. Chris

    June 12, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    @kola you are a very stupid and heartless human being instead of insulting the person who killed 50 innocent people you are busy insulting gay people are u normal?? Stupid brainless – that’s who u are.

  16. Ethio

    June 12, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    kola, f- you for seeing reason with murder. i wish your wife gets killed for being a woman you bloody fool, i hope your sons turn out that way so you drag them out in the streets and maul them to death while dafts like you watch with cheer. nobody chooses to be gay. nobody will choose to go down the path of ridicule with which gays are treated. i really hope this message gets to you, bitter hearted –

  17. Talk

    June 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    For them kissing in front of his you guys son may all of them rot in hell. America is so over-the-top with sex very soon public sex will be legal
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    I am not going to say rest in peace cos they and their killer are all in hell

  18. yoyo

    June 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Human life is sacred, gay, straight, fornicator, adulterer or thief…. we are all sinners does that mean we should all die!!. God alone has the right to make the call to end a persons life and to judge them. Those people who support this killer just cos they hate gays should take a long look in the mirror and if they are honest they will find that they have also committed a multitude of sins themselves. One thing I know is that it is never a crime to love anybody and Jesus was especially good at loving sinners. My condolences to the 50 families that have lost their loved ones today. God protect us all.

  19. Random

    June 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Everyone suddenly become self righteous forgetting that hatred starts with a seed that can be as little as a nasty word that messes up someone’s heart or emotions.
    To all you mean trolls out there, you are fertilizers to these incidents……people with low self esteem will read your mean comments and run to the wrong group for support and vengeance. Look in the mirror for a change. Just saying.

  20. fallenhrts

    June 13, 2016 at 12:35 am

    @kola you are the brainless one. If all of us start shooting people for seeing what we don’t like, then there will be nobody left. Every life matters regardless of race or sexual orientation.

  21. hezekina pollutina

    June 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Who needs religion? Forget about religion.

  22. kkay

    June 20, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Sodom and Gomorrah

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