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Orlando attack is another deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history

Friends and family members embrace outside Orlando Police headquarters on Sunday, after a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, which left at least 50 people dead. Police have confirmed that 50 people were killed in the Sunday morning shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police headquarters on Sunday, after a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, which left at least 50 people dead. (Steve Nesius/Reuters)

The gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, opened fire inside the popular gay club Pulse in Orlando at around 2 a.m. According to police, the shooting which authorities described as a “domestic terror attack”  quickly turned into a hostage situation, as the 300-plus people inside the club tried to escape.

Mateen was ultimately killed by SWAT team officers approximately three hours after he began shooting. It was initially reported that 20 people had been killed in the attack, but at a news conference later Sunday morning, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the death toll was approximately 50 and counting, in addition to Mateen.

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