A gunman has killed 49 people, with another 53 injured, in a massacre at a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Here are the AP’s all-formats coverage plans at this hour.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA – The murky picture of Omar Mateen grows more complex with word that the FBI is investigating whether the married, American-born Muslim was a regular customer at the gay dance club where he opened fire. By Jay Reeves and Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 4:30 p.m., photos, video.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST – Updated frequently with developments.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-NIGHT OF TERROR — Patience Carter lay bleeding on the floor of the bathroom in club Pulse. She turned her head to see her best friend, lifeless. Then she heard the voice. “Where is it?” the man demanded when he heard a ringing cell phone. “Give it up.” By Tamara Lush. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CONFLICTED SEXUALITY – Was the Orlando nightclub gunman part of the local gay dating scene? As investigators ask that question, activists and academics reflect on a phenomenon that has been documented: Some men who profess to loathe homosexuality have covertly engaged in sex with other men. By David Crary and Lindsey Tanner. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.
OBAMA-NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING – President Barack Obama lambastes Donald Trump’s call for restrictions on Muslims coming to the U.S., declaring, “This is not the America we want.” Besides being un-American, such bans only make the nation more vulnerable to terrorists inspired by ISIS and others, he says. By Kathleen Hennessey. SENT: 380 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-GUNS – Mass shooters from Aurora, Colorado, to Orlando, Florida, have often obtained guns by exploiting limited weapons laws and blind spots in the background-check process. A look at the suspects in recent attacks and how got their guns. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 970 words, photos.
ISLAMIC STATE-PROPAGANDA – It took the Islamic State group’s propaganda machine just a few hours to capitalize on the bloodshed in Florida and in France, with messages claiming the two attackers as its own. It may take the group longer to sort through the implications of a killer whose backstory is at odds with a carefully crafted public image of its fighters. By Lori Hinnant and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CONFLICTING ALLEGIANCES – Orlando gunman had a jumble of conflicting loyalties. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photo.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-HOSPITAL – Waves of shooting victims made even trauma surgeons tremble. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.
AP EXPLAINER-TERROR WATCH LIST-GUNS – Some on terror list can buy guns, and Dems try to capitalize. SENT: 830 words, photos.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-VICTIMS VIGNETTES – Families mourn mothers, brothers, friends. SENT: 4,130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-GUNMAN-WHAT WE KNOW – Complicated picture emerges of Orlando nightclub shooter. SENT: 910 words, photos.
US FL ORLANDO VICTIMS 2 (CR) – Orlando shooting victim pens poem in hospital.
US FL ORLANDO HOSPITAL (CR) – Orlando survivor describes the first moments when a gunman entered Pulse nightclub.
US FL PULSE NBC (CR) – Pulse nightclub owner: ‘We are family.’
US OBAMA WEAPONS (CR) – Obama urges reinstating assault weapons ban.
US FL MATEEN REAX (CR) – Bar patron suspects shooter was gay.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-PHOTO GALLERY – World honors club victims with candles, prayers. SENT: 160 words, photos.
FLDG121 — Demetrice Naulings recalls in an interview how he survived the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub that claimed the life of his friend Eddie Justice.
FLPE115 — Patience Carter, a victim in the Pulse nightclub shooting from Philadelphia, is comforted by Dr. Neil Finkler after speaking during a news conference.
NYMA110 — Armed police officers stand guard as people congregate to pay their respects for the the victims and survivors of the Orlando nightclub shooting outside the historic Stonewall Inn in NYC.
FLORL206 — FBI agents return to the scene of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
GFX9996 – Diagram shows shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
GFX9994 – Map locates the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and lists recent deadly shootings.
GFX9995 – Chart shows hate crime incidents by category.
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