At least 20 feared killed in Florida shooting, police probe terror angle

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At least 20 people were killed inside a Florida nightclub and 42 wounded in an attack by a shooter armed with assault-type rifle, police said on Sunday.
Authorities had yet to determine the exact number of people killed, but Orlando police chief John Mina said “approximately 20” were dead. The shooter is dead, police said, describing the scene as a “mass casualty situation.” An FBI spokesperson said authorities were looking into whether the mass shooting was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.
Police said the shooter was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and some type of suspicious device.
Night of terror
Panic struck the club in downtown Orlando around 2:00am (0600 GMT), with witnesses speaking of a gunman opening fire with an automatic weapon.
The dance club urged patrons to “get out” and “keep running” in a post on its Facebook page.
Several patrons posted on social media said a gunman was holed up inside and holding hostages.
One man who said he was inside the club posted that the shooting broke out and that he heard about 40 shots being fired. Javer Antonetti, 53, told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper that he was near the back of the dance club when he heard the gunfire.
“There were so many (shots), at least 40,” he said. “I saw two guys and it was constant, like ‘pow, pow, pow,’.”
Police said they had carried out a “controlled explosion” at the club hours after the shooting broke out, but did not say why that was done. They described the scene as a “fluid situation”. Video posted online showed a large number of police and emergency vehicles outside the nightclub. Bomb sniffing dogs were also on the scene, said reported.
It was the second deadly shooting at an Orlando night spot in as many nights. Late Friday a man thought to be a deranged fan fatally shot Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star and a former contestant on “The Voice”, while she was signing autographs after a concert in the
Florida city.

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