Orlando Nightclub Shooting Victims Identified

50 people were killed and 53 injured in the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

The gunman who is responsible for the Orlando nightclub shooting was identified as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, age 29, born in New York and living in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was carrying a handgun and an assault riffle.

Mateen worked as a security guard and he had a license to carry a firearm.

Back in 2013 he was interviewed by the FBI over “inflammatory comments” he made to coworkers and again a year later, in 2014, in relation to an American suicide bomber.

A police officer who responded to the Orlando shooting was involved in a brief gun battle with Mateen before the gunman retreated back inside the nightclub. The shooter then took hostages before police raided the building around 5 a.m.

A controlled explosion was used in order to distract the shooter as the police entered the building. Authorities killed Mateen and at least 30 people were rescued.

53 injured people were taken to the hospital, including a police officer.

The Orlando nightclub shooting is the deadliest in the history of U.S.

Orlando nightclub shooting

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Following the shooting, people have gathered outside the historic Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn to hold vigil in memory of the 50 people killed and 53 injured.

The city of Orlando has begun to release the names of the victims on its website. Here’s what it was published so far.

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old