The president of American Islam calls it a ''heartbreaking morning'' following the shooting rampage that killed at least 50 people in an Orlando nightclub in an incident police are describing as ''domestic terrorism.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Story: The president of a national Muslim organization in the U.S. says he is "heartbroken" over the Florida shooting rampage. At a press briefing Sunday morning, the president of American Islam called it an "hour of horror" and said he was "heartbroken" at the attacks. Imam Muhammad Musri also said it is time for the country to take action to prevent mass shootings. A gunman killed 50 people and injured 53 in a massacre at a gay nightclub in the tourist hub of Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday (June 12), the city's mayor and police said, in an attack U.S. authorities are described as a "terrorism incident." The shooter was identified as Omar S. Mateen, a man that a senior FBI official said might have had leanings towards Islamic State militants. Officials cautioned that the Islamist tie required further investigation. The death toll given by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to reporters made the attack the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, eclipsing the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech university, which left 32 dead. A police officer working as a security guard inside the Pulse nightclub, which has operated in downtown Orlando since 2004, exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2 a.m. (0600 GMT), police officials said. A hostage situation quickly developed, and three hours later a squad of officers stormed the club and shot dead the gunman. It was unclear when the gunman shot the victims.