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ORLANDO shooting

The Orlando massacre: The latest developments on the worst mass shooting in U.S. history

A gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, before dying in a firefight with police. Here's what we know:

THE LATEST:


Recap:


Left to right: Angel Santiago, Angel Colon and Patience Carter speak to the media on Tuesday, two days after surviving the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Left to right: Angel Santiago, Angel Colon and Patience Carter speak to the media on Tuesday, two days after surviving the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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THE VICTIMS:

WATCH Shooting survivor recounts lying ‘in a pool of blood’

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WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT OMAR MATEEN:

An undated photo from a social media account of Omar Mateen, who Orlando Police have identified as the suspect in the mass shooting at a gay nighclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2016. Omar Mateen via Myspace/Handout via REUTERS

WATCH What officials know about Omar Mateen

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TRUDEAU ON ORLANDO

Hate attacks 'cannot be tolerated,' Trudeau says after Orlando shooting


ONCE AGAIN

Read and watch President Obama’s repeated statements on gun violence in America

When governments, terrorist organizations and religious extremists overseas target homosexuals along with women, religious minorities and others in their catalogue of hate, they increase the risk of their message infecting hate-filled minds in our own societies.

John Ibbitson’s column: A violent reminder to the LGBT community viral hatred makes them targets

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TRIBUTES:

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AMERICA'S DEADLIST MASS SHOOTING:

  • Shares of U.S. firearm makers surged on Monday as renewed fears of tighter gun control after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history led to expectations of a spike in firearm sales
  • AR-15 style rifles, the type used to kill 50 people in Orlando, Fla., have been used previously in mass shootings across the United States
  • In Canada, Conservative MP Bob Zimmer (Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies) sponsored a petition last month calling on the federal government to loosen controls around the rifle
  • The petition asks the Public Safety Minister to reclassify the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and return it to non-restricted status
  • Read more: U.S. firearm use and regulation in three charts



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HOW IT UNFOLDED:

Fifty people were killed early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., making it the worst mass shooting in U.S history.

Before 2:00 a.m.

Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen who lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, drives a rental van to Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.

2:02 a.m.

Armed with an AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon and a handgun, and possibly carrying explosives, Mateen enters the nightclub and opens fire, Orlando police chief John Mina said.


An armed off-duty officer engages in a "gun battle" with Mateen, according to police.


The gunman was outside the club after the first shots were fired, Mina said, then returned inside, and "this did turn into a hostage situation."


Police made contact with the gunman inside the club. "There was some communication, but we are not going to release that right now," the chief said.


It is unknown, Mina said, whether the gunman was killing others inside the club as the authorities prepared cautiously for a confrontation. "Any time we have a hostage situation, we’re definitely going to use extreme measures to make sure we have enough personnel on the scene," he said.

3:00 a.m.

The club posts a message on its Facebook page, "Everyone get out and keep running."

5:00 a.m.

Police detonate two explosives to distract the gunman as a SWAT team of nine officers and an armored vehicle storms the venue. Mateen is killed, and one officer is wounded with minor injuries to the face.

5:48 a.m.

Orlando police confirm that there has been a "mass casualty situation."

7:27 a.m.

Police chief John Mira says about 20 people were killed.

10:09 a.m.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says that the death toll has increased. There are 50 dead and 53 are injured.


With reports from Murat Yukselir and Laurent Bastien and wire services.



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