BREAKING: Mass Shooting At Orlando Gay Nightclub Leaves At Least 20 Dead, 40 Injured [VIDEO]


A shooting at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning has been described as a “domestic terror incident” with at least 20 fatalities and at least 42 hospitalized individuals, officials said.

At a press conference on Sunday at 7 a.m., an FBI official was asked if the shooter, who was shot and killed by police, had ties to Jihadist terror groups. “At this time we’re looking at all angles right now.” the official said. “We do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings towards that, that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively so we’re still running everything around”

The FBI also said the shooter “was organized and well-prepared,” adding “he is not from this area.”

Officials at the press conference said a police officer responded to shots fired at 2:02 a.m., and the officer then exchanged fire with the gunman — who has yet to be identified.

It then turned into “a hostage situation.” SWAT officers exchanged gunfire. The gunman had an assault rifle, handgun and “some kind of device on him.” At approximately 5 a.m., the decision was made to rescue the hostages, officials said.

Then at 5:53 a.m. Orlando police tweeted, “The shooter inside the nightclub is dead,” referring to Pulse Nightclub, which bills itself on its website as “Orlando’s Premier Gay Night Club.”

“This can be classified as a domestic terror incident,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at the press conference.

And the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement is investigating this morning’s shooting as “an act of terrorism.” It said it will determine if it is “domestic or international” terrorism.