More people were killed in a shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub than initially thought, authorities said during a news conference late Sunday morning. The total now is approximately 50 dead and 53 injured.
“We are dealing with something we never imagined. Since the last update, we have gotten better access to the building, cleared the building. It is with great sadness I share that we have 50 casualties, in addition to the shooter,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a statement.
“The identification process may take some time. We ask for your patience as we want to be accurate. I continue to be proud of how our community has responded,” Dyer said.
The mayor along with Floria’s governor, Rick Scott, declared a state of emergency in the city, which will allow authorities to bring in additional state and federal resources.
Scott issued statement on the shooting, saying the state will devote every resource they have to the investigation.
“We are a strong and resilient state and we will devote every resource available to assist with the shooting in Orlando. Our state emergency operations center is also monitoring this tragic incident,” he said, adding that he has been in contact with Dyer and local authorities and will be meeting with them later on Sunday.
Authorities added that they are investigating the incident as a possible act of terrorism.
The incident unfolded before 2 am, when police responded to calls about a gunman who opened fire with an “assault-type rifle,” handgun and “some type of device” inside Pulse…