Police forensic investigators work at the crime scene of a mass shooting at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando, Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
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The last of the bodies were slowly removed late Sunday from a popular Orlando gay club after a gunman sprayed the helpless crowd with bullets in violence, killing 49 people and devastating a city famous for family-friendly theme parks.When the gunfire at the Pulse Orlando club finally stopped, 50 people – including Mateen – were dead and dozens critically wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mateen, who authorities said had pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 around the time of the attack, died in a gun battle with SWAT team members. Thirty-nine of the dead were killed at the club, and 11 people died at hospitals, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.The previous deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. was the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech, where a student killed 32 people before killing himself.His family later moved to Florida, authorities said.A law enforcement official said the gunman made a 911 call from the club in which he professed allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Orlando shooting started about 2 a.m., with more than 300 people inside the Pulse.Mateen exchanged gunfire with 14 police officers at the club, and took hostages at one point.
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