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High security at NY gay bar Stonewall Inn after Florida shooting

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 00:33

Armed police guard the New York bar known as the birthplace of the gay pride movement after the mass shooting in Florida. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Nearly a dozen NYPD officers with assault rifles stood guard outside a historic gay bar in New York on Sunday (June 12) after a mass shooting in Florida. The New York bar known as the birthplace of the gay pride movement, the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village was the site of a 1969 police raid that touched off riots and ignited a long struggle to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the mainstream and guarantee their rights. A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday (June 12) in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history which President Barack Obama described as an act of terror and hate. Police killed the shooter at the Pulse nightclub, who was identified as Omar S. Mateen, a 29-year-old Florida resident and U.S. citizen. A top U.S. congressman said Mateen may have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group. U.S. officials cautioned, however, that they had no immediate evidence of any direct connection with Islamic State or any other foreign extremist group, nor had they uncovered any contacts between the gunman and any such group. Fifty-three people were wounded in the rampage. It was the deadliest single U.S. mass shooting incident, eclipsing the 2007 massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech university. Pulse was crowded with some 350 revelers at a Latin music night when the attack happened. A hostage situation developed, and three hours later, SWAT team officers used armored cars to storm the club before shooting dead the gunman. It was unclear when the victims were killed. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said 39 people were killed inside the club, two outside, and nine others died after being rushed to hospital. Dozens of terrified patrons, some of whom had been hiding in restrooms, were rescued. One officer was injured when he was hit in his helmet while exchanging fire with the gunman, police said. The attacker was carrying an AR-15 style assault rifle and a handgun, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said. He also had an unidentified "device", said Orlando Police Chief John Mina. The choice of target was especially heart-wrenching for members of the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, said LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida. Orlando has a population of more than 270,000 and is the home of the Walt Disney World amusement park and many other tourist attractions that drew 62 million visitors in 2014.

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High security at NY gay bar Stonewall Inn after Florida shooting

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 00:33