Monday, 13 June 2016

Grim scene from bullet-riddled Orlando gay nightclub (photos)

Investigators work the scene following a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016

A series of photos shows the devastating scene left after Omar Mateen opened fire inside an Orlando gay night club killing 49 people and injuring dozens more. Mateen, who became the worst mass shooter in American history, shot more than 100 people with an AR-15 assault rifle and handgun on the dance floor at Pulse night club early Sunday morning.

Police forensic investigators work at the crime scene of a mass shooting, as bodies are removed at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016 

Investigators are examining evidence at Pulse nightclub in an attempt to uncover exactly what happened at the nightclub. 

Sunday night, workers were removing bodies four at a time on stretchers out of the club and loaded them into white vans. The action was repeated over and over. The covered bodies were taken to the County Medical Examiner's office.

On Monday, officials said they had identified 48 of the 49 victims, and are working to inform their families. Once their families have been informed, the names will be released online. So far, 26 of those names have been released. Thirty-nine of the dead were killed at the club, and 11 people died at hospitals, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. 
Overnight on Sunday, dozens of bodies were pulled from the bullet-ridden Orlando nightclub four at a time 

Mateen, who purchased the weapons legally, had been investigated by the FBI three times but the bureau did not take further action. Concerns about homophobic remarks he made whilst at work did not stop him from being employed as a security guard at G4S for nine years.  The company offers security advice and personnel to countries around the world and also secures some US nuclear sites.   

The gunman exchanged fire with an officer working around the club at 2am before going back inside, according to Orlando Police Chief John Minia. 


Mateen went on to exchange gunfire with 14 police officers at the club, and took hostages at one point. In addition to the assault rifle, the shooter also had a handgun and some sort of 'suspicious device,' Police Chief John Mina. 

On Monday, officials said they had identified 48 of the 49 victims, and are working to inform their families

Workers on the scene were grim-faced as they worked through the night on Sunday to remove the bodies from the Pulse nightclub

Investigation: Police forensics investigators work at the crime scene of a mass shooting at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando on June 12. At least 49 people were killed when Omar Mateen opened fire inside

Three forensic investigators are pictured above working the crime scene as the windows at the nightclub are completely broken out

 The broken windows at the gay night club are pictured above as investigators work the tragic scene


Investigators from the office of the medical examiner investigate on the west side of Pulse nightclub, as bullet holes and large holes can be found throughout the building

Federal and local law enforcement remove evidence from two Treasure Coast homes that are linked to Orlando nightclub shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen

Mateen's name was registered at two homes in Orlando which police raided on Sunday for evidence as their investigation continues

Police forensic investigators work at the crime scene of a mass shooting at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando

Police forensic investigators examine large holes on the side of the building which holds Pulse nightclub

Police forensic investigators work at the crime scene on Sunday after 49 people were killed at the Orlando club

Investigators are facing a difficult task, as 49 people were killed inside the club during the shooting

The inside of Pulse night club appears to be heavily damaged as glass from broken windows is likely inside

FBI agents investigate the severely damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub after the shooting on Sunday

FBI agents investigate the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub in what is the deadliest mass shooting in American history

FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the nightclub on Sunday afternoon

Large holes were left in the brick wall at the rear of the nightclub after the horrific shooting

A group of authorities stand near the rear of the nightclub as they conduct an investigation into the shooting 

Investigators take photos and examine the outside scene of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Florida

The forensic investigators dressed in white jumpsuits with covers over their shoes in order to not contaminate the tragic scene

Dozens of police and emergency personal have surrounded the area around the nightclub in Orlando as the investigation continues

It appears the street where the nightclub is on is completely closed as police and federal authorities investigate the incident

The FBI believe Mateen, who was shot dead by officers, may have 'leanings to radical Islamic terrorism'. The investigation to the worst mass shooting in America is sure to last months as police will be on the scene for days to come

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