Or­lando club vic­tims felled by 200 bul­lets

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE 49 peo­ple killed in June in the Or­lando gay night­club mas­sacre in the US were struck by 200 bul­lets, lo­cal me­dia re­ported, quot­ing coroners.

The vic­tims who died sus­tained 200 bul­let wounds – with­out count­ing shots that hit the 53 in­jured peo­ple who sur­vived, a re­port by the Orange County coroners’ of­fice said, ac­cord­ing to the Or­lando Sen­tinel news­pa­per on Au­gust 8.

Lone gun­man Omar Ma­teen – a 29-year-old Amer­i­can of Afghan de­scent – opened fire early on June 12 in the Pulse night­club be­fore tak­ing hostages in a bath­room.

Three hours passed as he re­mained in con­tact with po­lice ne­go­tia­tors, who blasted their way into the club around 5am.

New York-born Ma­teen was ul­ti­mately killed in the cross­fire.

Amer­i­cans have reeled from a string of re­cent shoot­ings, in­clud­ing the Or­lando mas­sacre – the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern US his­tory – which was car­ried out by a man au­thor­i­ties say was rad­i­calised on­line. –

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