Presidential Candidates, Hollywood ‘Devastated’ by Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting

50 dead in worst mass shooting in U.S. history

Last Updated: June 12, 2016 @ 9:56 AM

As news of the deadliest mass shooting in history spread, the White House, presumptive U.S. presidential candidates, and celebrities all took to Twitter to condemn the crime and share their sympathies.

50 people were killed and 53 injured early Sunday morning in a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. A male gunman opened fire on the crowded nightclub with an assault rifle, sending patrons fleeing. The suspect was killed after engaging with S.W.A.T. CNN has identified the suspect as Omar Saddiqui Mateen.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “The President asked to receive regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community.”

“It’s horrific, it’s unthinkable,” Senator Bernie Sanders said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” Other politicians weighed in.

Meanwhile, celebrities expressed their horror over the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

More to come.