Orlando Anti-Gay Mass Shooting Deadliest in U.S. History

Orlando Anti-Gay Mass Shooting Deadliest in U.S. History

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We Are OrlandoFlorida has issued a state of emergency following an anti-gay attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Saturday night that is now being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The sole shooter was a man by the name of Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida. He was later shot dead by law enforcement officials. Police are looking for information and encouraging anyone who was at Pulse to contact them at 800-CALL-FBI.

A community vigil is currently being planned in Orlando and other cities across the country. Seattle will hold a community vigil at 8 p.m. Sunday evening at Cal Anderson Park. More on that here.

As of Sunday morning at 10:09 a.m. PT, the death toll was at 50 with another 53 injured.

“Though little is known at this hour about the attacker, the police have characterized this as an act of domestic terrorism and news reports indicate that it was a hate crime,” said Lambda Legal Acting Executive Director Fran Goldstein. “It occurred during LGBT Pride Month, only days after 150,000 people participated in a pride celebration in Orlando.”

Vice President Joe Biden was briefed Sunday morning by his national security advisor and offered his prayers for all those killed and injured in the shooting. His staff relayed his condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims.

Equality Florida has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the victims and their families. A goal of $100,000 has been set. At the time of this publication, $2,190 had been raised.

The City of Orlando has established a hotline to check on missing family members: 407-246-4357. Family members can also go to the Hampton Inn at 43 Columbia Street to be reunited with loved ones. Facebook’s Safety Check-in is located here.

For anyone visiting, the Family check-in location at Orlando Regional Medical Center is located at the North Tower at 52 W. Underwood Street. Please bring an ID and be able to identify your relationship to the victim.  The hospital is on tight security to ensure the safety of all.

Grief counseling is available for families, victims and anyone affected by Saturday’s massacre. The Center located at 945 N. Mills Ave is now open and offering grief counseling (in English and Spanish). You can also call the hotline at 407-228-1446, live chat online or text zip code to 898-211 to connect via text.

In the wake of the tragedy, there is an urgent need for O Negative, O Positive and AB Plasma blood donors. Here is where interested parties can donate:

To find a donation center or Big Red Bus near you visit oneblood.org or call 1-888-9Donate.

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