Shooting breaks out at Florida gay nightclub: media

Updated: 2016-06-12 16:33


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A number of people were reported to have been shot early on Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, local media said.

The violence erupted at the Pulse nightclub, which urged patrons in a post on its Facebook page to "get out" and "keep running."

Local media reported that a number of people, ranging from seven to as many as 20, had been shot but there were was no confirmed fatalities. Several patrons posted on social media that a gunman was holed up inside and was holding hostages.

Police could not be immediately reached to verify the reports. Video posted online showed a large response by police and emergency vehicles outside the nightclub.