Omar S. Metin as the gunman who killed 50 people and injured 53 others when he opened fire inside Pulse Nightclub, a busy nightclub in Florida, early in.
The massacre is the worst mass shooting in US history.
The governor declared a state of emergency in Florida saying that officials “will dedicate all available resources to assisting in the Orlando shooting.”
Police Chief John Mina also said that the shooter was carrying an assault rifle, pistol and “suspicious device”. He said that the suspect exchanged fire with an officer working in the club around 2 a.m., then came back inside and took hostages among the more than 320 people inside.
At around 5 am, authorities sent a SWAT team to rescue the hostages, then the suspect died in a gunfight with these officers. Mina said that the police did not specify the exact number of victims, but that more than 50 people had died.
Officials said at least 53 other people were hospitalized, most of them in critical condition. Dr. Mike Cheetham is a trauma surgeon at the Orlando Regional Medical Center where 46 patients have been transferred.
“I think we’re going to see the death toll rise,” Chetham said.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said all of the dead were killed with an assault rifle.
There is no other threat to Orlando or the surrounding area, said FBI Special Agent in charge Ron Huber.
Police identified the gunman who shot at a Florida nightclub called Omar Mateen.
Mattin, born in 1986 in New York, is an American citizen from Port St. Lucy, Florida. His family was from Afghanistan before they moved to Florida.
The FBI’s Hopper says Mattin has legally purchased at least two firearms over the past week or so.
Matin’s ex-wife, Setora Youssef, told reporters that her ex-husband was bipolar and “mentally unstable”.
She said in televised remarks from Boulder, Colorado, that Mattin was irritable and had a history of steroids. She described him as religious, but not an extremist. He wanted to become a police officer and applied to the Police Academy, but she had no further details.
She said the couple have only been together for four months, and have had no contact for seven or eight years.
A Special Forces and Bomb Disposal Truck was at the scene of the address associated with the man called The Shooter. A media launch area was erected one block from the apartment complex in a residential neighborhood.
Police earlier said there had been a “controlled explosion” at the Pulse Orlando shooting site. Mina said the noise was caused by a device intended to distract the shooter.
A woman who was outside the dance club early on was trying to call her 30-year-old son, Eddie, who texted her when the shooting happened and asked her to call the police. He told her he ran to the bathroom with the other club patrons to hide. Then he texted her: “He’s coming.”
The following text said: “He is with us, and he is here with us,”
“That was the last conversation.”