50 Reported Dead in Orlando Gay Nightclub Massacre

The worst mass shooting in US history.

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A gunman opened fire at an Orlando gay nightclub around 2 a.m. Sunday morning and then took hostages, killing 50 people and hospitalizing 53 others, according to local law enforcement, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.

Multiple news outlets identified the suspected shooter as Omar Mateen, a US-born citizen.

The shooting is being investigated as a possible “terror incident.”

We’ll continue updating this story as we learn more.

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