US: Shooting at Orlando gay nightclub kills 20 and injures scores

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An unidentified gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Florida early Sunday, killing at least 20 people and injuring at least 42 others in what police described as a “mass casualty” event.

Police said the shooter was dead, four hours after the incident began with a volley of gunfire in the Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando, triggering a massive deployment of police and emergency vehicles.

There was no link seen between the night club shooting and the murder of The Voice singer Christina Grimmie.

“We can confirm this is a mass casualty situation,” the Orlando police said on their Twitter account.

“The shooter inside the club is dead,” they said in a separate tweet. It was unclear whether there were any fatalities among the club patrons.

It was the second shooting incident in the city in just over 24 hours, coming shortly after singer Christina Grimmie was shot dead late Friday by a gunman who stormed a theater where she had just finished a gig.

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