A gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, 20s of Afghan origin, opened fire inside a popular Orlando gay club near closing time early Sunday leaving 50 dead and 53 wounded, according to authorities.
The attack was “well organized and well prepared," said local cops as FBI officials are investigating whether the attack was domestic or international terror. The shooter was shot in the Pulse nightclub after a bloodbath that sparked a tense standoff with police.
Police bombarded the club with a “controlled explosion” to distract the shooter and rescue about 30 hostages hiding in bathrooms. Nine officers fatally shot at the suspect armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and "some type of device.”