Gunman kills 50 at Orlando club in worst mass shooting in U.S. history

A mass shooting has occurred at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, according to multiple reports.

It is currently unclear how many people have been injured and if there have been any deaths. Some reports state at least one gunman is currently barricading himself the nightclub with hostages, while up to 20 people may have been shot. 

Pulse Nightclub posted a status update on Facebook around 2 a.m. telling patrons to run. Patrons replied on the Facebook update with various confirmations of the incident at the club.

Ricardo Almodovar, who claimed he was present at the club at the time of the shooting, wrote on Facebook that a shooter opened fire inside the busy club. 

“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. I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well,” he wrote. 

Other patrons called for help on Twitter and described a disturbing scene. 

Footage has emerged from the scene, showing a large police presence as ambulances arrived at the nightclub.

The shooting happened the night after former “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie was shot dead after performing at The Plaza Live in the same city. Grimmie was shot and killed by a man who is believed to be a deranged fan, while she signed autographs after the show. The Plaza is a mere 3.5 miles away from Pulse Nightclub. 

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