Orlando Pulse Club shooting: Live updates after 50 killed in America’s worst mass shooting as gunman storms gay nightclub

Orlando Pulse Club shooting: Live updates after 50 killed in America’s worst mass shooting as gunman storms gay nightclub

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Cops release gunman’s mugshot

This is Omar Mateen’s mugshot.

The suspect was reportedly being investigated over an unrelated crime at the time of the shooting.

However, the details of this crime remain unclear.

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen is pictured in his police mugshot

Another picture has emerged to the alleged gunman taking a selfie, while holding his hand to his chin.

Omar Mateen

The alleged gunman poses for a selfie

Click here to read what we know so far about Mateen.

Gunman ‘specifically targeted gay club’

Omar Mateen is thought to have specifically targeted the gay club after seeing two men kissing in another city.

Speaking to NBC, the suspect’s dad, Mir Seddique, apologised for his son’s deadly actions.

He said: “We are saying we are apologising for the whole incident.

“We were not aware of the actions he was taking. We are in shock like the whole of the country.

“This had nothing to do with religion.”

He added that he believed Mateene carried out the killings after seeing two gay men kissing in Miami two months ago.

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen is thought to have specifically targeted gays

‘This is clearly an act of terror’

Florida Governor Rick Scott says today’s mass shooting was ‘clearly an act of terror’.

Scott addressed reporters after a gunman slaughtered 50 people at the Pulse club in Orlando.

His comments followed Senator Bill Nelson’s comments that he believe that attack was linked to ISIS.

Here is Scott’s interview:

Senator in Florida says attack linked to ISIS

A senior senator from Florida has said he believed the attack was linked to ISIS.

Bill Nelson told journalists he thought Mateen was linked to the terror group.

Police said earlier they were investigating links to Islamist extremism.

Killer’s parents originally from Afghanistan

It is believed that Mateen’s parents are originally from Afghanistan.

In two pictures , the killer can be seen wearing New York Police Department (NYPD) tops.

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

The NYPD has said he had no association with their department and the tops can be bought in shops.

You can read more about Mateen here.

Heartbreaking pictures from outside police headquarters

These heartbreaking pictures show witnesses to the killings as well as friends and relatives grieving near the police headquarters.

Police are keen to speak to anybody who was in the club last night.

REUTERS Demetrice Naulings sobs outside the Orlando Police Headquarters where police are interviewing witnesses

Demetrice Naulings sobs outside the Orlando Police Headquarters

A state of emergency has now been declared in Orlando.

REUTERS Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters

Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters

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