The death toll from the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida has risen to at least 50, officials say, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. More than 50 others have been taken to area hospitals. (more)
In a statement, the White House said: "The President was briefed this morning by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims. The President asked to receive regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community."
UPDATE: Congressman Alan Grayson confirms Orlando nightclub shooter is Omar Mateen.
The gunman who opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, killing at least 20 and injuring dozens more, has been identified as American citizen Omar Mateen, according to multiple media reports that cite law enforcement sources. (more)
The lockdowns at Arnold Palmer Hospital and Winnie Palmer Hospital have been lifted, according to Orlando Health. Both hospitals were put on lockdown as a precaution following the massacre at a local nightclub.
At least 20 people have been killed and more than 40 others have been injured after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, police in Florida say. Investigators are treating the massacre as a possible act of terrorism. (more)