Orlando club victims felled by 200 bullets
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. –