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Shooting rampage at Florida nightclub

Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Shooting rampage at Florida nightclub

A gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others in a crowded gay nightclub in Florida early on Sunday, June 12 before police shot him dead in what U.S. authorities described as a “terrorism incident.”

A police officer working as a security guard inside the Pulse club exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2 a.m., police officials said.

A hostage situation quickly developed, and three hours later a squad of officers entered the club and shot dead the gunman. It was unclear when the gunman shot the victims.

President Barack Obama described the worst mass shooting in U.S. history as “an act of terror” and “an act of hate,” saying the massacre of 49 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida was an attack on all Americans. (AP/Reuters)

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