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Old 06-12-2016, 08:04 AM   #1
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Suspected Islamic extremist shoots dead at least 20 at Florida gay club

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Suspected Islamic extremist shoots dead at least 20 dead at Florida gay club after bursting in 'wearing a suicide vest' and taking hostages - injuring a further 42 - before he is killed in shootout

-Suspected Islamic extremist opened fire inside Pulse gay club in Orlando in the early hours of this morning
-He shot more than 40 people - killing about 20 - and took party-goers hostage before being killed by police
-Shooter, believed to be in his 20s, was carrying a suspicious device, possibly a suicide vest, when he attacked
-Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman and rescue around 30 people who had been taken hostage
-Police engaged in gunfire with the man and an officer was shot in the head, but he was saved by his helmet
-FBI says gunman may have 'leanings to radical Islamic terrorism' and it is being investigated as 'an act of terrorism'
-Took place four miles from where The Voice singer Christina Grimmie, 22, was shot dead at The Plaza Live on Friday

A suspected Islamic extremist wielding an assault rifle and a handgun has killed about 20 people after taking party-goers hostage inside a gay club in Orlando.

The gunman was carrying a suspicious device, possibly a suicide vest, when he opened fire on the dance floor inside Pulse in the early hours of this morning.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said authorities have not determined the exact number of people killed, but that 'approximately 20' have died. Another 42 people were taken to hospital.

An FBI spokesman said the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism, adding that they are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.

Police said the gunman, who was shot dead by officers, was believed to be in his 20s was not a local man, while the FBI believe he may have 'leanings to radical Islamic terrorism'.

The killings took place less than four miles from where The Voice singer and YouTube star Christina Grimmie, 22, was shot dead at The Plaza Live in Orlando on Friday.

Writing on Facebook, Pulse urged party-goers to 'get out and keep running' as bullets started flying at around 2am local time.

At around 5am authorities sent in a SWAT team to rescue the hostages. Nine police officers used an explosive device to distract the hostage taker and rescue around 30 people.

During the gunfire, an officer was shot, but he was saved by his helmet, and the gunman was killed. It was thought that at least one hostage had been locked in a bathroom with gunshot wounds.

At around 6am local time police tweeted: 'Pulse Shooting: The shooter inside the club is dead.'

Jon Alamo said he was inside the club, which was hosting a Latin-themed night, when a man holding a weapon entered the room he was in.
'I heard 20, 40, 50 shots,' Alamo said. 'The music stopped.'

Club-goer Rob Rick said it happened just before closing time. 'Everybody was drinking their last sip,' he said.

He estimated more than 100 people were still inside when he heard shots, got on the ground and crawled toward a DJ booth.

A bouncer knocked down a partition between the club area and an area in the back where only workers are allowed. People inside were able to then escape through the back of the club.

Christopher Hansen said he was in the VIP lounge when he started hearing gunshots.

'I was thinking, are you kidding me? So I just dropped down. I just said please, please, please, I want to make it out,' he said. 'And when I did, I saw people shot. I saw blood. You hope and pray you don't get shot.'

He continued to hear shooting even after he emerged, where police were telling people to back away from the club. He saw injured people being tended to across the street.

Mina Justice was outside the club trying to contact her 30-year-old son Eddie, who texted her when the shooting happened and asked her to call police.
He told her he ran into a bathroom with others to hide. He then texted her: 'He's coming.'

She said: 'The next text said: "He has us, and he's in here with us". That was the last conversation.'

Ricardo Almodovar, who was inside the nightclub, said: 'Shooter opened fire at around 2.00am. People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran.'

Juan Rivera said on Twitter: 'I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well. Never seen so many dead bodies on the floor, God is good that my friends and I didn't get shot'.

Rosie Feba was in the club with her girlfriend and described the moment the shooting happened.

She told the Orlando Sentinal: 'Everyone was getting on the floor. I told her [girlfriend] I didn't think it was real, I thought it was just part of the music, until I saw fire coming out of his gun.'

The police department posted on their official Twitter account: 'Multiple injuries. Stay away from the area.'

Dozens of officers and medics are at the scene, including Orlando Fire Department's bomb squad and hazardous material team.

The shootings have taken place less than four miles away from where The Voice singer and YouTube star Christina Grimmie, 22, was shot dead by a gunman at The Plaza Live in Orlando on Friday 22.45 local time.

The man, identified as 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl, of St Petersburg, Florida was armed with two handguns, ammunition and a hunting knife.

He later killed himself and his motive was unknown.

This morning Donald Trump this morning tweeted: 'Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded.'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-hostages.html
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Old 06-12-2016, 08:37 AM   #2
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I think you mean white-Islamic extremist!
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I think over 100 shot.

50 dead 50 injured.

I think its the worst in US history.

Blocks from my doctor's office.

I am in shock.

Horrific.

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Old 06-12-2016, 09:40 AM   #4
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Insane body count amount. Well planned and calculated...
We'll be seeing more of these unfortunately
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Lots of soft targets here, seems it was only a matter of time unfortunately.
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I remember when the Columbine school shooting was the biggest story of the year, 13 dead. the numbers on these shootings keep going up and up.

Only a matter of time before they hit a sporting event. Sure they all have metal detectors. But there are usually 1000s of people gathering around outside waiting to get in. Can you imagine if someone set off a bomb in that crowd??

A lot of discussion this coming week be out there on how to prevent these shootings. But I think it is next to impossible to defend against someone willing to die. Crazy times we live in.
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r/news banned all discussion of this when it turned out it was a muslim, smh
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r/news banned all discussion of this when it turned out it was a muslim, smh

Front page of CNN and the WP


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The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN.
Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely," said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Orlando bureau.

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i wish we banned all guns so something like this will never happen again.
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Front page of CNN and the WP
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It's a main subreddit
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Isis threatened Florida 3 days ago

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016...hree-days-ago/
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Still dont see why people need automatic weapons. Very sad
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I can't wait for CAIR to hold a press conference. Let's see how they try to brush this one under the rug like they tried to do in San Bernardino.
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So the father of the shooter is saying his son is homophobic and disliked seeing two gay men kissing on the street...
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