Before 2 a.m. Omar Mateen arrived at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.
- Police confirm Mateen is a resident of Port St. Lucie, a city approximately 123 miles from the scene of the shooting
2:02 a.m. Mateen opens fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in the heart of Orlando, with an AR-15. The club had over 300 people inside at the time of the shooting. Mateen exchanged gunfire with an officer working extra duty in full uniform. Mateen eventually took hostages.
At 2:09 a.m., Pulse released a warning for everyone to get out of the nightclub and “keep running”
- There was a large response from police to the scene. SWAT and armored vehicles were on the scene of the shooting. Police say they communicated with Mateen during the hostage situation. Police don't know if Mateen was killing others before his violent confrontation with officers.
Shooting at Pulse Nightclub on S Orange. Multiple injuries. Stay away from area. pic.twitter.com/5Di2mc6XUY— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
At 5:05 a.m., police reported on Twitter that the loud noise people heard in the area was a controlled explosion.
That sound was a controlled explosion by law enforcement. Please avoid reporting inaccuracies at this time.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
At 5:53 a.m., Orlando police reported Mateen has been killed. In a news conference Sunday afternoon, police confirm 11 officers were involved in the shootout that killed Mateen.
Pulse Shooting: The shooter inside the club is dead.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016
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