A suspected Islamic extremist armed with an assault rifle, handgun and an explosive device has shot more than 40 people – killing around 20 – after taking party-goers hostage inside a gay nightclub in Orlando.
An unknown number of people were killed and 42 were taken to hospital after the gunman, believed to be in his 20s, opened fire inside Pulse nightclub.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina says authorities have not determined an exact number of people killed, but that ‘approximately 20’ have died.
An FBI spokesman says the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He says authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.
Police said the gunman was not a local man and the FBI believe he may have ‘leanings to radical Islamic terrorism’.