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  • 3:53 PM IST

    Total casualty is now stated to be 20. However, the toll is expected to rise since a number of victims were rushed to hospital in extremely critical condition.

  • 3:47 PM IST

  • 3:46 PM IST

    Some survivors have claimed the shooter has worn a ‘bomb jacket’. However, police has refrained from confirming the rumour.

  • 3:15 PM IST

    Timeline:

    2:00 AM: The first gunshot was heard.
    2:15 AM: First set of survivors jumped out of the windows of nightclub.
    2:45 AM: Police initiated the operation to rescue the hostages and apprehend the attacker.
  • 3:14 PM IST

    According to survivors speaking to News This Second (check live video below), the attacker is equipped huge amount of ammunition. More than two dozen victims are expected to be hiding inside the nightclub.

  • 3:11 PM IST

    Security personnel has surrounded the night club. The attacker has been asked by the police forces, using the loudspeaker, to free the hostages and surrender himself.

  • 2:54 PM IST

  • 2:53 PM IST

    Several doctors have also arrived at the spot to provide first aid to people who have been injured in the gunfire.

  • 2:52 PM IST

    Florida police has arranged for ambulances near the Pulse night club, in order to rush the victims to hospital as soon as they are rescued.

  • 2:50 PM IST

    According to unverified reports, the attacker has reportedly taken eight people as hostages.

Miami, June 12: A shooting erupted at a nightclub in downtown Orlando, Florida early today, leaving “multiple injuries,” police said. The attacker has reportedly taken hostages. Florida Police has described it as an “active shooting” with more number of security personnel reaching the spot to control the situation. As of now, no casualties has been reported. However, a number of people have been shot dead. According to one of the survivors, Juan Rivera, at least dozens were shot dead inside the club. “Never seen so many dead bodies on the floor, God is good that my friends and I didn’t get shot,” he was quoted as saying by Russia Today. Also Read - US: 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Alaska Coast Triggering Tsunami Warning

“There are injuries. I am not sure if there are any deceased at this time,” a police dispatcher told AFP, describing it as an ongoing operation.  “Officers are going in to search the building and to get people out,” the dispatcher added. Also Read - Amid India-China Standoff, Army Buys High-Altitude Warfare Gears From US on 'Urgent Basis': Report

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The shooting occurred at the Pulse nightclub, police confirmed. “Multiple injuries. Stay away from the area,” the police department posted on their official Twitter account.

Users who escaped from the Pulse nightclub have uploaded videos on Twitter. They have confirmed that the shooting was going on. Passerbys also claimed that they heard shooting sound.