ORLANDO- Orlando Police responded to a shooting at a nightclub in southern Florida.
The Orlando police department posted on Twitter that multiple injuries have been reported. This posting came following the incident at the Pulse Orlando nightclub near Orange and Kaley avenue. The department also advises people to “stay away from area.” Multiple emergency vehicles have reportedly responded, including the Orlando Fire Department’s bomb squad and hazardous material team.
The latest post now confirms that the shooter is now dead as well, and the active shooter situation is over.
Pulse Shooting: The shooter inside the club is dead.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
Pulse Orlando’s earlier posted on its own Facebook page: “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.” All though this was not effective for those trapped inside the club.
One witness stated that the shooter, “opened fire 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. I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well.”
What we know
No description of the gunman could be given by the witness due to the low lighting in the club and his intense focus on escaping the deadly situation. “My eyes were on the floor and as soon as there was a break, people started running out the back, including myself.”
Questions arose as to how the gunman entered the club from others on social media and the witness also stated that, “there’s no checking for weapons. But there’s barely even bad looks in there. It had been, from my experience, always nice and very safe in the club.”
A press conference was canceled by the Orlando PD via Twitter and updates continue to trickle in via social media from the police department. ASN will keep you updated as this story develops.