Fifty people are now known to have died in Saturday’s shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and a state of emergency has been declared, the city’s mayor Buddy Dyer has said.
The gunslinger, named by officials as Omar Mateen, was killed after taking hostages.
Apart from the over 50 people already confirmed dead, 53 others are said to have sustained injuries in the shooting at the Pulse club that called itself the hottest gay nightclub in the city.
The recent shooting at Orlando is said to be the worst mass shooting in recent US history. Police described the shooting as an act of terrorism.
Orlando Police report that officers entered the Pulse Club about three hours after the shooting unfolded and killed the gunman, who had taken hostages.
According to Orlando Police Chief John Mina, the attack began at 02:00 (06:00 GMT) and a police officer on duty at the club exchanged gunfire with the gunman.
The police report that the shooter appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle and a handgun, and had some type of device on him.
An FBI spokesman said they were investigating whether the attacker was a “lone wolf”.