UPDATE: Obama on Suspect in Worst U.S Shooting Incident: 'He Was a Person Filled With Hate' 

Florida Governor: "This is clearly an act of terrorism. It should make every American angry."

UPDATE: 12:00 p.m., June 12, 2016

At least 50 people died and another 53 were injured when a gunman opened fire and seized hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, police said Sunday, making it the worst mass shooting in US history.

"We have cleared the building, and it is with great sadness that I share we have not 20 but 50 casualties in addition to the shooter," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told a news briefing, raising the death toll from 20 previously. "There are another 53 that are hospitalized."

President Barack Obama, in an address to the nation, said he'd directed the FBI to lead the investigation and determine what motivated the killer.

"What is clear is he was a person filled with hate. Over the coming days, we will determine what motivated him, and we will go where the facts lead us," Obama said, vowing to provide whatever help was needed by the people of Orlando.

"No act of terror will ever change who we are or the values we have as Americans," he added.

Police cars and fire trucks are seen outside the Pulse night club where police said a suspected gunman left multiple people dead and injured in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. Credit: Orlando Police Department/Reuters Law enforcement have called the attack an act of terrorism. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen, a US citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Independent reported that Mateen has a history of domestic violence. An ex-wife told The Independent that he was "not a stable person."

"He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn't finished or something like that," she told the newspaper.

Mateen, heavily armed, seized hostages early Sunday after shooting scores, eventually prompting a police SWAT team to storm the venue, officials said. At least one police officer was wounded in the raid, shot in the head, but saved by the Kevlar helmet he was wearing.

"This did turn into a hostage situation," Orlando police chief John Mina said. "At approximately 0500 hours this morning, the decision was made to rescue hostages that were in there."

Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club,in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. Credit: Steve Nesius/Reuters FBI officials said the gunman may have extremist leanings — but it's too soon to know for certain. NBC News reported that Mateen had been on some sort of watch list at some point in the past — and also that Mateen called 911 right before the attack and pledged allegiance to ISIS.

ISIS has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack and, according to The New York Times, has remained quiet on the encrypted messenger app it uses. Mateen's family suggested the attack was motivated because of anti-gay prejudice, rather than Islamic radicalism.

His father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News, "this has nothing to do with religion." Seddique said his son got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami recently and thinks that may be related to the shooting.

"We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country," Seddique said to NBC News.

In Orlando, long lines developed from people looking to donate blood to help the victims; medical officials said there was a shortage of blood, especially type O and AB. Despite reports to the contrary, a federal rule that bars men who have had sex with men in the past year from donating blood remains in effect — effectively barring some of the closest friends and family of the victims from donating.

Some members of the Muslim community called on Muslims to come forward to donate, because sexually active gay men could not.

ORIGINAL STORY: June 12, 2016

Fifty people died and another 53 were injured when a gunman opened fire and seized hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, police said Sunday, making it the worst mass shooting in US history.

"We have cleared the building, and it is with great sadness that I share we have not 20 but 50 casualties in addition to the shooter," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told a news briefing, raising the death toll from 20 previously.

Police cars and fire trucks are seen outside the Pulse night club where police said a suspected gunman left multiple people dead and injured in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. Credit: Orlando Police Department/Reuters "There are another 53 that are hospitalized."

Law enforcement have called the attack an act of terrorism. Dyer identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, a US citizen from Port St. Lucie, Floria.

Mateen, heavily armed, seized hostages early Sunday after shooting scores, eventually prompting a police SWAT team to storm the venue, officials said. At least one police officer was wounded in the raid, shot in the head, but saved by the Kevlar helmet he was wearing.

"This did turn into a hostage situation," Orlando police chief John Mina said. "At approximately 0500 hours this morning, the decision was made to rescue hostages that were in there."

FBI officials said the gunman may have extremist leanings — but it's too soon to know for certain. Mateen's family, however, seemed to suggest it was an anti-gay attack.

His father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News, "this has nothing to do with religion." Seddique said his son got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami recently and thinks that may be related to the shooting.

"We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country," Seddique said to NBC News.

In Orlando, long lines developed from people looking to donate blood to help the victims; medical officials said there was a shortage of blood, especially type O and AB.

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