Police say gunman inside the club is dead

The Associated Press Posted: Jun 12, 2016 5:56 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 12, 2016 6:12 AM ET

A gunman opened fire at a nightclub in central Florida, and multiple people have been wounded, police said Sunday.

“Multiple injuries” were reported following the shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub, which describes itself on Facebook and its website as a gay bar. Orlando Police told people on the department’s official Twitter account to stay away from the area.

Multiple emergency vehicles have reportedly responded, including the Orlando Fire Department’s bomb squad and hazardous material team.

Police said via Twitter that a noise heard near the shooting site was a “controlled explosion,” and asked media to avoid “reporting inaccuracies.” No other details were provided.

Pulse Orlando’s earlier posted on its own Facebook page: “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.”

Pulse nightclub shooting

Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, was reported to be at full capacity when the shooting began early Sunday. (Google maps)

Others posted on the page that the shooting took place around 2 a.m. Sunday while the nightclub was crowded with patrons. Orlando police later reported on Twitter that the gunman inside the club is dead.

The incident follows the fatal shooting on Friday of 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie, who was killed after her concert in Orlando by a 27-year-old Florida man who later killed himself. Grimmie was a YouTube sensation and former contestant on “The Voice.”

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