Shooter dead, casualties expected- Orlando night club

12 June 2016
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The shooting occurred at Pulse night club in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Multiple emergency vehicles have reportedly responded to the incident, with the Orlando Fire Department’s bomb squad and hazardous material team in attendance at the scene.

Local police confirmed they have carried out a controlled explosion – but no further details have been given so far.

Some reports say at least 20 shots were heard inside the club.

One witness told local TV reporter Stewart Moore that his friend was still locked inside the building with a gunshot wound.

Moore, in an earlier tweet, said a source told him that the attacker was suspected to have a bomb.

Video footage being shared on social media showed dozens of emergency vehicles at the scene and people being treated on the pavements.

More than 100 people were reported to have been enjoying a Latin-themed night in the club, which is situated near Orange and Kaley avenue.

Ricardo Negron Almodovar told BBC News that the shooter opened fire at around 02:00 local time (06:00 GMT), as the club night was coming to a close.

“We heard rapid fire go off. In the room I was in, people went down to the floor. I wasn’t able to see the shooter or people get hurt.

“At some point, there was a brief pause, and a group of us got up and went to the exit that leads to the patio area outside. We found an exit and after that… I just ran.”

Another man, Anthony Torres, said he heard people screaming that others in the nightclub were dead.

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