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50 Dead After Orlando Nightclub Shooting — The Latest Developments

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Jun. 12 2016, Updated 3:39 p.m. ET

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Early Sunday morning, a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, killing an estimated 50 people and sending around 52 to the hospital.

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According to Orlando Police Chief John Mina, the shooting began around 2:20 a.m. at Pulse nightclub, which is described as "Orlando's hottest gay bar."

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When the shooting began, an officer already on the scene took action, attempting to subdue the gunman.

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Then, additional law enforcement officers arrived to help, and the shooting turned into a hostage situation.

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The suspect, a United States citizen by the name of Omar Mateen, was armed with a handgun, an assault rifle, and an unnamed "device."

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A nine-officer S.W.A.T. team was brought in to rescue the hostages, and Mateen was shot dead.

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Now, the F.B.I. has been brought in to investigate what they are now calling an act of domestic terror.

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Authorities are also investigating whether the "well-organized" Mateen had ties to Islamic Terrorists, although he has no known criminal history.

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As Radar reported, just yesterday, 22-year-old The Voice star Christina Grimmie was shot dead outside her concert in Orlando, FL.

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Despite the recent string of shootings in the area, police insist that Orlando is not under attack.

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"Our community is strong," the mayor said in a tweet. "We will need to help each other's get through this."

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