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Officials at an Orlando hospital say the only survivor of the Pulse nightclub massacre who was still in critical condition has seen their condition improve.

Laly Santiago-Leon (Lolly Santiago Loom) lost her cousin Luis Wilson Leon (Louis Wilson Loom) and his boyfriend Jean Mendez Perez in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The administrator of a fund raised by donations for survivors and family members of the Florida nightclub shooting that left 49 dead is holding two meetings in Orlando to explain how the more than $20 million will be distributed.

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The interim Fort Myers police chief says authorities have three persons of interest in custody and they are looking for others in the slayings of two teens at a nightclub.

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New documents show the gunman who killed 49 patrons at a Florida nightclub was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in his job as a security guard at a Florida courthouse.

Law enforcement leaders are telling a congressional committee in Washington the Orlando area's tens of millions of tourists should be given greater weight in determining which metro areas get federal money for preventing and responding to terrorist threats, citing the recent fatal nightclub shooting.

Dozens of people gathered at Senator Marco Rubio’s office in downtown Orlando for what was expected to be a 49-hour sit-in.

Special Session Failure Unlikely To End Gun Debate

Jul 6, 2016

After their call for a special legislative session failed, Florida Democrats say they will continue to seek "common-sense" regulations on the sales of weapons to people on federal watch lists.

Gunfire could still be heard from the Pulse nightclub when the first paramedic-firefighters arrived — but they never got inside, instead treating wounded patrons across the street in a bagel shop parking lot.

Pulse Victims To Receive Payments By Oct. 1

Jul 4, 2016

Victims of the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando will receive compensation from the OneOrlando Fund by Oct. 1, according to a press release issued by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Friday.

Several groups that have been working to help victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting in recent weeks are combining their fundraising efforts.

Pulse Documents Reveal Timeline, Questions

Jun 30, 2016

The City of Orlando released hundreds of pages of documents relating to the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 clubgoers. Texts, e-mails and phone records were released Tuesday, including communication from Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Mayor Buddy Dyer’s accounts.

Dems Force Legislative Poll On Post-Pulse Special Session

Jun 29, 2016

Florida Democrats had little trouble rounding up enough members to call for a vote on whether to hold a special session dealing with gun control as a reaction to last month's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

In the hours and days following the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, thousands of people around the state lined up to donate blood for the victims.

But gay men who had sex in the past year were prohibited from giving blood because of a federal policy.

Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to Pulse for Latin night.

At 2 a.m., he heard gun shots. Loud. He knew it was real.

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson was in Tallahassee calling on the Florida legislature to pass a bill that would ban assault weapons in Florida. 

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It's been a little over a week since a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. And in just a few days, the Tampa Bay area plays host to St. Pete Pride - Florida's biggest celebration for the LGBT community. 

The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is calling for a special legislative session to implement new gun restrictions after this month’s mass shooting in Orlando.

Dr. Joshua Corsa was at Orlando Regional Medical Center when he got the first alert that a shooting had happened: A page that read TRAUMA NOW.

The Tampa Bay Rays on Friday celebrated the team's annual Pride Night, dedicating it to the victims of Sunday's mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub.

Pride Night saw the biggest regular-season crowd at Tropicana Field in a decade. According to the Associated Press, "the announced attendance of 40,135 was the first regular-season turnout to surpass 40,000 at the Rays' ballpark since opening day in 2006 against Baltimore." That crowd was 40,199.

As mourners hold funerals in Orlando for the victims of last week's nightclub shooting, the city's theater community is banding together to protect them from anti-gay protesters.

Dressed in white and wearing large wings, the "angels" stood in a row in order to shield the family and friends of the victims. The idea, according to American Theatre, is to allow the mourners to "grieve in peace."

Ivy Hernandez promotes Latin Night at Orlando’s Parliament House, so she knows the LGBT Latino community.

She was not at the Pulse nightclub Sunday night; she was working at Parliament House on the other side of town. But she got a phone call as it happened.

Gun Sales Soar After Orlando Shooting

Jun 17, 2016

Gun sales have dramatically increased in Florida in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens wounded.

  Orlando Regional Medical Center got 44 patients from the Pulse night club shooting.

It’s a Level 1 Trauma Center, and medical staff there were pushed to the limit as they dealt with the onslaught of patients coming from the Pulse nightclub shooting that happened just three blocks away. Medical staff and patients recounted the events of early Sunday morning.

Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., was reportedly no stranger to the club.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that some Pulse regulars recognized Mateen, saying that he had spent time at the nightclub before the shooting early Sunday. Witnesses have said the same to authorities, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports, citing U.S. officials with knowledge of the investigation.

Meanwhile, at least two men have told the media they interacted with Mateen on gay dating apps. Investigators have not commented on the claims.

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A complicated picture has emerged of 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who opened fire in a gay Orlando nightclub. The attack left 49 dead and dozens more wounded in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

At Least Four Orlando Shooting Victims Had Local Ties

Jun 14, 2016
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At least four of the Orlando shooting victims had local ties to the Tampa Bay area.

The Sunday mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub took the lives of 49 people and left 53 injured.

Vigils, marches and rallies were held across the country and the world on Monday evening to remember the victims of the deadly attack in Orlando, Fla.

Events were held in New York, Vermont, Florida, California, Alaska, Rhode Island, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and in Washington, D.C. Another vigil is scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, Ga.

In New York, thousands gathered outside the Stonewall Inn, the site of a 1969 police raid that launched the modern gay rights movement.

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About one hundred people gathered near the Metro Wellness Center in Ybor City Sunday night to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Like another vigil held in St. Petersburg, a collection of interfaith groups and other civic activist groups organized the gathering.

Joel Bates is a Tampa resident with friends in Orlando who go to the Pulse nightclub, the LGBT nightclub where the massacre took place. He says none of them were hurt in the shooting.

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