In a press conference just completed in Orlando, Fla., authorities have upped the number of people shot to death in Pulse Orlando from “about 20” to 50 dead and 53 injured, making it “the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, eclipsing the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech university, which left 32 dead,” according to Reuters.
The shooter has been identified by family members as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old husband and father of one from Fort Pierce, Fla.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and other officials said that they are focusing right now identifying the victims inside the bar and notifying relatives.
Those who are trying to locate friends or relatives inside the nightclub at the time of the attack are asked to call 407-246-4357.
Anyone with information about Mateen or other information that might be pertinent to the investigation is asked to call 1-800-CALL FBI, and choose option 2.