Mass shooting at Orlando gay nightclub is worst in history

Mass shooting at Orlando gay nightclub is worst in history

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Jermaine Towns, left, and Brandon Shuford wait down the street from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. Towns said his brother was in the club at the time. A gunman opened fire at a nightclub in central Florida, and multiple people have been wounded, police said Sunday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

A gunman killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday, marking the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Key developments:
  • The gunman has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, according to two law enforcement officials. Police say they killed him.
  • The shooter called 911, pledged allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.
  • At least 53 people were injured in the attack.
  • The scope of the bloodshed spurred Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to declare a state of emergency and request that Gov. Rick Scott do the same.

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