Shock, sadness as people react to Florida nightclub mass shooting
A gunman killed 50 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday and wounded 53 others.
JOHANNESBURG - In a shooting that has been described as the worst in US history, people have responded with shock and sadness.
A gunman killed 50 people at the packed Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday and wounded 53 others before being killed by police.
The shooter was identified as Omar S. Mateen, a Florida resident who a senior FBI official said might have had leanings toward Islamic State militants. Officials called the rampage a "terrorism incident," but cautioned that the suspected Islamist connection required further investigation.
People took to Twitter to express their feelings about the mass shooting:
My heart breaks for all who lost loved ones in #Orlando, and for those whose lives were robbed from them.— Audrey Assad (@audreyassad) June 12, 2016
So sad about the news coming from #Orlando My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy— Nick Parker (@NickJamieParker) June 12, 2016
Just waking up and seeing the #Orlando news. It destroys me that there are still hateful people capable of such evil.— MakeHockeyNowAgain (@pwSociety) June 12, 2016
- Famor Botero (@famorbotero) June 12, 2016
How many more lives must we lose before people see sense? In terms of gun law, the Koreans are doing it right. There are no words. #Orlando
- Charlotte Morgan (@Charly_Morgan) June 12, 2016
If only thoughts and prayers could fend off bullets. #Orlando— Keegan Connor Tracy (@keegolicious) June 12, 2016
Words fail us, but we must keep trying, keep talking, keep writing, trying to make sense, but with good words, not hateful words. #Orlando— Vagabond Voices (@Vagabondvoices) June 12, 2016
A police officer working as a security guard inside the club, which has operated in downtown Orlando since 2004, exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2am, police officials said.
A hostage situation quickly developed, and three hours later SWAT team officers used armored cars to storm the club before shooting dead the gunman.