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CNN. CNN Quote. New Zealand Herald. Video will play in Play now Don't auto play Never auto play • US citizen Omar Mateen opened fire inside gay nightclub• At least 50 people killed and 53 injured in the attack• Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman• Mateen shot dead three hours after massacre began• He pledged his allegiance to Isis before the massacre• Barack Obama calls for gun control action• READ MORE: Orlando nightclub shooting - what we know so far The gunman who opened fire inside a crowded nightclub here early Sunday morning, launching a rampage that killed 50 people and injured 53 others in the deadliest shooting spree in the country's history, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State before the attack, according to US law enforcement officials.

President Barack Obama said the FBI was investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism, an announcement he made about 12 hours after the gunfire began at Pulse, a popular gay bar and dance club. Continued below. Video - The final death toll. Rep. New Zealand Herald Quote. Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed Quote. New York Times June 20. “We’re an all-American town, but we’re the new America,” he said. “We have people from all backgrounds and walks of life.” That diversity includes gay men like Eric Rollings, 47, the chairman of the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District. He recalled moving to Orlando from Michigan in 1989 and finding a small, sleepy-town L.G.B.T. community still reeling from the AIDS epidemic.

At the city’s first gay pride parade, a quarter-century ago, he said, Ku Klux Klan members gathered at the corner of Magnolia and Pine to “greet” the marchers. Now, he said, the gay pride festival is a popular signature event in the city. Photo Mr. The nightmare unleashed by Mr. It took a 15-hour by Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut with searing memories of the slaughter of 26 schoolchildren and educators in Newtown, to get modest gun-control measures to the Senate floor. Finally, the Pulse massacre provided more rhetorical fodder for Donald J. Mr. Continue reading the main story. New York Times Quote. California Gun Laws Bring Sweeping Restrictions In Wake Of Orlando Shooting. Orlando shooting: 49 killed, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance. Suburban Gun Shop Cancels Raffle of AR-15 for Orlando Shooting Victims. A suburban Chicago gun shop has canceled a raffle of a semi-automatic rifle to benefit victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

The Chicago Tribune reports Second Amendment Sports in McHenry, Illinois, called off the raffle following questions about whether it would be legal. Under Illinois law, only nonprofit groups may hold raffles. Bert Irslinger Jr. and his father own the shooting range and gun store. They were selling $5 tickets to win an AR-15 rifle similar to the weapon a gunman used to open fire in a gay nightclub June 12, leaving 49 people dead and 53 injured. Irslinger says employees have received death threats since the Tribune first reported the raffle. He says they may partner with a nonprofit organization to conduct the raffle in the future. Published at 9:55 AM CDT on Jul 3, 2016 News breaks at inconvenient times. Download one of the NBCChicago mobile apps and have the news come to you. Copyright Associated Press. Pink News. Pop superstar Justin Bieber has been criticised for appropriating a hashtag started in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting, in order to promote his tour.

UPDATE: Justin Bieber paid tribute to the 49 victims killed at the Orlando Pulse at this gig in the city The ‘Baby’ singer tweeted on Thursday using the ‘#OrlandoStrong’ hashtag, despite not having publicly acknowledged that the Orlando Pulse shooting was a hate attack against the LGBT+ community. He tweeted: “Up next…. #OrlandoStrong #PurposeTour.” Since the tweet, Bieber’s followers have continually used it to express their excitement, alongside his ‘#PurposeTour’ hashtag, but many did not acknowledge the actual meaning of the hashtag. It was started in solidarity with the victims of a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub which left 49 dead and 53 injured. Many used it to show support for the community in Orlando, Florida, and to raise funds for the survivors and families devastated by the hate attack. Daily Mail. The youngest victim of the Orlando shooting begged a 911 dispatcher for help saying she was losing her eyesight as she bled to death in the Pulse nightclub bathroom, new call logs reveal.

Akyra Murray, 18, had escaped the gay club shortly after gunman Omar Mateen burst in at 2am on June 12. But she and her friend realized they had left their other friend behind. They ran back inside, but got caught in the bathroom, where Mateen found and shot them. Murray was one of many who flooded Orlando's 911 dispatch center with desperate pleas for help as she slowly bled to death over three hours before police finally stormed the club.

In a set of call logs released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, one dispatcher describes Murray. Devastating: Akyra Murray, 18, called 911 from the Pulse bathroom saying she was going numb and losing her eyesight. 'My (victim) is 18 years of age. ... she is losing eyesight and feeling in her body,' reads the 2.36am call log entry. Loaded: 0% Instinct. Instinct Staff | June 29, 2016 Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee) directed a new 18-minute video to pay tribute to the innocent victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Released by the Human Rights Campaign, the video features LGBT allies and icons Lady Gaga, Colton Haynes, Jane Fonda, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Kerry Washington, Caitlyn Jenner, and many others. The video is entitled, "Stop the Hate.

" Please "visit and take action by supporting victims’ families and survivors through, as well as contacting legislators to demand passage of LGBTQ protections and common-sense gun violence prevention measures. " Watch: H/T: Advocate. Instinct Quote.