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A gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 50 people and injuring dozens more in a rampage that turned into a deadly hostage situation.

Authorities said that 50 people were killed in what authorities are calling an act of domestic terrorism, and many others were injured in the violence at Pulse, a popular gay bar and dance club. Police had initially thought about 20 people were killed in the attack, but authorities said later on Sunday morning that the toll was significantly higher.

Officials said the shooter was shot and killed by police officers in a shootout.

The suspected gunman was identified by relatives and law enforcement officials as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Florida. One relative said that Mateen's family was in shock after being told on Sunday morning about his involvement. This relative said Mateen's family was very sorry about what had happened.

Police have not identified a possible motive, and details about Mateen's background were scarce on Sunday morning. His family is from Afghanistan, while Mateen is believed to have been born in the United States.
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