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Sat Jun 18, 2016, 07:54 AM

Orlando nightclub shooting timeline: Three hours of terror unfold


For three hours, fear and uncertainty took hold of the Pulse nightclub.

The terror began when Omar Mateen, 29, walked into the club with a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle and began shooting. The Latin-themed night had been winding down at Pulse, a gay nightclub south of downtown Orlando. But plenty of people still crowded onto the dance floor.

When they heard the shots, some patrons ran. Others could not.

By the time the terror was over, 49 people were dead and at least 53 were injured.

Mateen, too, was dead, killed by Orlando Police Department officers who decided to breach the wall using an armored vehicle.

Here is a summary of the events as they unfolded, based on interviews with witnesses, families, and law enforcement, the emergency scanner, and social media posts.

The Orlando Sentinel has had amazing coverage on this. Sorry if dupe.

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