The mayor of Orlando said there were 50 casualties and there are 53 more hospitalized after a mass shooting at a popular gay nightclub there.
"There's blood everywhere," Mayor Buddy Dyer said Sunday at a news conference, hours after the shooting.
Dyer said the shooter used an assault rifle on all those killed.
Earlier, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson identified the shooter as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida. He cited law enforcement officials in speaking to reporters.
There were an estimated 320 people in the club when it opened Saturday night.
Deepest condolences to the victims and loved ones in the Pulse nightclub shooting. https://t.co/lAUyIGRRFq— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) June 12, 2016
My prayers are with the victims’ families & all those affected by the shooting in Orlando. We will devote every resource available to assist— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) June 12, 2016
Our community experienced a horrific crime today. Our hearts & prayers are with the victims and their families.— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) June 12, 2016
Despite the fact that tonight's crime will have a lasting effect, we are a strong community.— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) June 12, 2016
The actions of the first responders and hospitals have saved many lives.— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) June 12, 2016
We stand with the victims and families of this horrific crime that occurred this morning at Pulse nightclub.— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) June 12, 2016
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends affected by this morning's tragedy in Orlando. pic.twitter.com/BGnyscrzI6— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) June 12, 2016
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the mass shooting that occurred in Orlando.— Winter Park Police (@WinterParkPD) June 12, 2016