#OrlandoShootings: No confirmation SA man is among victims

Dirco says it can’t confirm reports that a Benoni man, Peter Gonzalez-Crus, is among the deceased.

FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub where Omar Mateen allegedly killed at least 50 people on 12 June, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Corporation (Dirco) says it cannot confirm whether a 22-year-old man is among the 50 people killed in a gay night club shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Media reports say Peter Gonzalez-Crus was among the group who died during a hostage drama inside the club yesterday morning.

The gunman, Omar Mateen, phoned 911 and pledged his support to Isis during the shooting.

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The Facebook page of Gonzalez-Crus, known among friends as Peter Ommy, has now been turned into a memorial site.

According to his Facebook page, he is from Benoni but went to a United States high school from 2010 to 2013.

The department says it is not aware of this.

Meanwhile, African Union (AU) Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has sent her condolences to the families of all the victims calling it a "barbaric attack".

The AU has pledged its support to the US, while the country is reeling in what has been described as the worst mass shooting in its history.


Meanwhile, the Florida state governor has now requested a state of emergency designation, in the wake of the nightclub shooting.

The Orlando mayor has confirmed that 48 of the 49 victims have been identified.

Florida police's Danny Banks says, "The last identity confirmation is pending right now. We anticipate having that last name shortly. A number of those, we have notified their next of kin and that is our priority mission today."

Police have linked two firearms found in the club to the gunman, and are now waiting for confirmation on the ballistic report on a third weapon found in his vehicle.

US attorney Lee Bentley says anyone found to be linked to the crime will be charged.

"We have no reason to believe that anyone connected to this crime is placing the public in imminent danger at this time, but there is an investigation of other persons."