Update 6:06AM EST 6/12/16: Shooter is dead via Orlando Police
Update 6:07AM EST 6/12/16: Orlando police claim this is a “Mass casualty” situation.
Update 6:10AM EST 6/12/16: Follow live updates via Orlando Police on Twitter
Update 6:26AM EST 6/12/16: Orlando Police will be briefing the public at 7AM at southeast corner Orange & Michigan.
(Updates will be posted here on the top of the article throughout the day as we monitor all local news sources)
Breaking: Police are reporting that over 20 people have been shot at a Gay Nightclub in Orlando Florida. The gunman apparently has taken hostages and barricaded himself inside the building:
Local media has reported the shooter(s) may of had bombs with them. Local media also reported that as shots were still heard in the area the police carried out a controlled explosion.
“At around 2am someone started shooting. People just dropped on the floor. I guess the shooter was shooting at the ceiling because you could see all the glass from the lamps falling. There was a brief pause in the shooting and some of us just got up and ran out the back. People have definitely been injured – or worse.” – Ricardo Negron (witness)
Details are still coming in on this story, many on social media are suggesting the attack was carried out by white suprmacists, but that’s social media, and it’s not a reliable source of news. We will only report details that we can confirm via local media sources as more details emerge.