In what is being considered a domestic terrorist attack, approximately 20 people are dead and 42 injured after a gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Fl. Reportedly a lone gunman opened fire inside the popular Orlando LGBT nightclub Pulse, close to closing time early on Sunday morning. According to police there were around 320 people in the nightclub at the time.

One of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

Authorities consider this to be one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S.

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with around 20 dead and 42 injured. However police are unable at present to give exact numbers. As FBI officials are considering the attack an act of domestic terror, local police said the 2 a.m. shooting was “well organized and well prepared."  According to Special Agent Danny Banks, the suspect could have had “leanings” toward radical Islam.

Police officers took down the gunman

Police killed the lone gunman just before 6 a.m.

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in a tense standoff, before finding multiple victims dead inside the nightclub about four hours after closing time at Pulse. Reportedly nine officers were involved in shooting the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, an assault rifle and what police dub “some type of device.” During the standoff, the attacker moved his assault into the nightclub and opened fire while taking hostages.

A loud explosion was heard on the scene of the shooting incident, which was reportedly a “controlled explosion” made by police to distract the shooter and to enable police to rescue around 30 hostages, hiding in bathrooms in the club.

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Everyone was running and screaming.

According to the club’s Facebook page, Pulse was hosting a “Latin Night” on Saturday and the shooting occurred during Pride Month. One of the clubbers, Anthony Torres, told the New York Daily News they were just leaving the club when they heard the shots, adding, “Everyone was running and screaming.”

No connection to the shooting of "The Voice" singer Christina Grimmie.

In a press conference, police were asked if the mass shooting was related to the murder of Christina Grimmie, who was killed while signing autographs after her concert in Orlando on Friday.

Reportedly Pulse is located at Orange Avenue and Kaley Street, around 4 miles from the theater where Grimmie was killed, but according to the police, the two incidents are not related.

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