Orlando Nightclub Shootings

What We Can Do Now To Help Orlando

June 13, 2016

9.13.20016 - There are no words that begin to express our shock and sadness for the events happening in Orlando over the last 48 hours.  here is where we ill give you updated information and local efforts to support the families of those killed and assist those injured. Click on each headline to get more information.

50 dead and 53 injured.

Deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The shooter has been identified by officials as 29 year old Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Florida, a U.S.-born citizen with Afghani parents.

An ISIS sympathizer, we entered the Pulse nightclub around 2am Sunday morning and began shooting.

Officials said that after Mateen’s assault began, he called 911 and pledged his allegiance to the Syria-based terror group ISIS.

There were about 320 people inside Pulse, the night club at the time of the shootings.

Witnesses who were at the club when the shooting occurred said they heard around 40 gunshots then saw people hitting the ground to avoid the bullets.

It turned into a hostage situation shortly thereafter, when Mateen took hostages.

Around 5am, the Orlando Police SWAT team made the decision to rescue the hostages, officials said. The shooter was killed in a gunfight with those officers.

Mateen's motivation was targeted to the gay community, where his father said his son apparently was upset of seeing two men kissing in Miami.

Mateen's ex-wife describes him as unstable and had expressed anger towards homosexuals many times  

In addition to the shooting at Pulse, another club shooting in Orlando occured late Friday, when singer, Christina Grimmie, was shot and killed. The 2014 The Voice finalist was signing autographs when she was approached by 27 year old Kevin James Loibl of St. Petersburg and shot her then in a scuffle with Grimmie's brother, shot and killed himself. Grimmie was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.

Facebook launched its Safety Check feature in the United States for the first time, which allowed people to self-check themselves safe.

The City of Orlando is updating this post with the names of the victims after family has been notified. Click Here for the updated list.

The public answers cries for blood donations with long lines of donators including Gainesville and Ocala. However blood banks are asking those who still wish to donate to do so later in the week as the overwhelming immediate response has created an oversupply.

An Indiana man was stopped by police after allegedly attempting to attend the Los Angeles gay pride parade Sunday, with a cache of weapons, ammunition and explosive-making materials.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the victims' families as well as those injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for Christina Grimmie to assist her family.

Many communities have planned vigils-we'll keep you updated.

Equality Florida Pulse Nightclub Shooting updates.
Pulse Nightclub Facebook Page.

Vigils and events

Gainesville - Vigil Monday (6/13/16) at 7pm at City Hall. In case of inclement weather, the vigil will take place at United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32603

Ocala- A candlelight vigil is planned Wednesday night [6.15.16] at 8pm at The Copa, on South Pine Avenue in Ocala.

The Villages - Gathering being held on Monday, June 13th at 6:00pm at Bonifay County Club, 1033 Pinellas Pl, The VIllages