A number of people have been shot in an attack on a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, police have confirmed, with local reports claiming at least one gunman had barricaded themselves in the building with hostages. Shots were fired at the Pulse Club, an LGBT nightclub in the city, in the early hours of Sunday. Staff at the venue posted on Facebook: “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running”.
Orlando police said the shooting had resulted in “multiple injuries” and urged people to stay away from the area. Local unconfirmed reports suggested as many as 20 people could have been injured in the attack, and video footage shared on social media showed a high police presence around the club.
One man who claimed he was inside the club said people were “screaming that people are dead”. “They are just pulling people out in stretchers loading them up,” he said. “Please god let everyone make it – tonight was supposed to be a fun night!! One more minute and we would of been shot or worse.”
One witness told Sky News there were more than 100 people inside the venue for the club’s Latin night when the gunman entered the building and began firing into the ceiling and into the crowd.
Anthony Torres said he was outside the club when the shooting began and confirmed that he thought more than one person was involved in the attack. He believed the shooting lasted between 15 and 20 minutes.
“We just heard shots, it was less than a minute, it felt longer,” Ricardo Negroni said. “There was a brief pause and we just ran. Everybody was just faces to the floor. I had someone over me, I really didn’t see [how many gunmen there were]. All I can tell you was the club was packed, there were over 100 people there.”
In a Facebook post, Negroni wrote that the shooter opened fire at about 2am and “people on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor”. He said some people near the bar and back exit managed to escape quickly.
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