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Orlando Nightclub Shooting Victims

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Orlando Nightclub Shooting Victims

Authorities now say 49 people were killed and more than 50 people were injured early Sunday in the wake of a shooting inside a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, according to police.

"We can confirm this is a mass casualty situation," Orlando police said Sunday in a Twitter message.

The nightclub tweeted, "As soon as we have any information we will update everyone. Please keep everyone in your prayers as we work through this tragic event. Thank you for your thoughts and love."

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Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is investigating.

Ricardo Negron Almodovar said he was in the club when the shooting started about 2 a.m. He barely escaped. "People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran," he posted on the club's Facebook page. "I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well."

President Barack Obama called the mass shooting at an LGBT Orlando nightclub Sunday an "act of terror" in remarks to the nation from the White House briefing room. "We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate," he said. "The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terror. We will go wherever the facts lead us ... What is clear is he was a person filled with hatred."

We invite you to view profiles of those who lost their lives and share condolences in our Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Memorial Site.