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good morning, america. breaking overnight. mass shooting. [ gunfire ] >> oh, my god. they're all shooting back and forth. >> a wild shooting inside a packed nightclub in orlando. dozens reported wounded. >> oh, god. >> the terrifying scene. the night of partying turning into tragedy. bullets flying. >> everyone was screaming and jumping. >> witnesses bolting for the exits. scrambling for safety. the club itself telling everyone to get out and keep running. emergency crews responding to the scene. >> triaging patients on the street. frantic relatives rushing to the hospital and waiting for word about their loved ones. >> it's terrible. he's my only child. >> others getting text messages
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hear. >> he said he was going to die and he loved me. >> the questions this morning. who was behind this? and was this club specifically targeted? our team coverage on this breaking story starts right now. and good morning, everyone. and we're joining you on a very sad sunday morning. we're joining you with breaking news. what appears to be the largest terror attack on american soil since 9/11. >> it happened in orlando. the pulse nightclub. chief anchor george stephanopoulos is here with us. >> it all started to unfold around 1:2:00 a.m. this morning. there is in excess of 20 people dead in this mass shooting. it also became a hostage situation. rescue situation around 5:00 a.m. police s.w.a.t. teams going in and exchanging fire with the
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gunman who they say is now dead. they say he was well organized. well prepared. handgun. assault rifle. maybe another suspicious device on his person. a press conference moments ago. >> we're a strong, resilient community. tonight, we had a crime that will have a lasting effect. on our community. we need to stand strong. we need to be supportive of the victims and their families. >> at approximately 102:02 hours, we had an officer working at pulse nightclub who responded to shots fired. our officer engaged in a gun battle with that suspect. the suspect at some point went back inside the club where more shots were fired. this did turn into a hostage situation. at approximately 05:00 hours
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made to rescue hostages that were in there. >> authorities saying about 30 people were saved in that hostage situation. they believe this suspect was not from the area. people reporting in for treatment. at least 42 have been transported to a local hospital. anguished families showing up in tears looking for information. >> we start with lauren lyster in orlando. good morning, lauren. >> reporter: good morning, george, dan, paula. still a heavy police presence. within minutes, we have seen fbi head a block and a half down here where the nightclub is, where a fun night turned into one of terror. the most recent thing within the last half hour, two bus loads of people be picked up right down here, about a block away, still within the crime scene and be transported toward the downtown area. we don't know who they were. as you mentioned, police said about 30 p
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what we saw overnight was police rushing, car after car, ambulance after ambulance of victims, filled with people, to this hospital right here. this is an area hospital one of the ones that those 4people were taken to. it started receiving people with gunshot wounds. withins describes a scene inside the club of bodies everywhere and blood. [ gunfire ] this morning, downtown orlando thrown into lockdown, following the mass shooting rampage inside a packed nightclub. >> my son got shot three times. >> reporter: listen as the horror unfolds. >> reporter: the nightclub posting on facebook, everyone get out of pulse and keep running.
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>> there was bodies everywhere. in the parking lot, they were tagging them. red, yellow. so they know who to help first and who not to help first. pants down. shirts cut off. bulle blood everywhere. >> reporter: officers using controlled explosives to secure the scene. >> we're being told possibly up to 15 remaining in the club that are barricaded in. >> reporter: family and friends wait for word from loved ones. >> my son hasn't been heard from. i don't know if he was left in the club. if he got shot. or if he's being worked on here. i don't know. it's terrible. he's my only child. >> reporter: the local hospital on lockdown. shortly after the shooting rampage, after receiving several vict
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think there's a connection to radical islamic terrorists? >> i would say at this time, we're looking into all angles right now. we do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology. right now, we can't say definitively. we're running everything to ground. >> let's bring in pierre thomas for more. we have heard from the fbi and sheriffs an the scene. this is being treated as an act of domestic terror. they believe the person acted alone but came in from outside the area. some indications he may have a radical islamist ideology. >> the fbi is doing an extensive back ground check on this individual. they think they have a pretty good idea who he spp so far, early indications, potential lone wolf. no particular specific information that he had ties to anyone overseas just yet. one of the things they look t a early on, was this
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radicalized on the internet. it would not require much support from overseas. this person showed up well planned. the long-standing fear from the fbi, that isis in particular, could radicalize people here via the internet. >> and pierre, some indications are they know a lot more than they're telling us. can you walk through what they're doing to try to determine who this was and how that person may have been radicalized? >> my gut is that they have a vehicle. that would give them a name if they didn't find i.d. on the suspect. there was concern about a potential device on his person. they would have to be very careful. it's taking time to confirm who they're looking for. once they have a name, they run the name through all the data
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bases that intelligence community has. has his name surfaced before? was he under investigation? >> other things we learned, they found not only a suspicious device on the shooter himself but perhaps something in his car. they say they have no indication that the gunman targeted this location because it's a gay club. pierre thomas, we appreciate your reporting. meanwhile, we want to bring in former fbi agent brad garrett, who is an abc news consultant. brad, amplify the point pierre was making about the phenomenon that keeps up so many of our national security officials and domestic security officials. the lone wolf phenomenon. >> the problem is dan, identifying people out there with no formal connection to a group. we've been lucky over the years
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concerned. they've been sloppy and said things over the internet or contacted an informant et cetera to head them off. you go to a individual who is maybe keeping their mouth shut. they develop an ideology that motivates them to go commit this type of megaviolence. and you know, you also could have two things going on here. could it be driven by an isis-inspired thinking? perhaps. is there an anti-gay overlay to it? perhaps. so as the fbi asac in orlando said this could go a number of directions. that it probably is some extremist. but it is an anti-gay organization? driven by isis? or some affiliated organization? remains to be seen. i'll tell you the idea that it will take long the run that to
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my guess is, they know, as george mentioned earlier, a lot more than they're sharing. they have his identity. they may be inside his computers at this point. >> a quick question about how law enforcement handled this situation. it dragged on for a long time. many hours. we know the initial gunfire was around 2:00 in the morning. it was around 5:00 in the morning that police used a bearcat vehicle to break through the wall and end the hostage situation. do you have a sense of why it would take that long? >> yes. because you don't know, dan, what you're walking into. for example, there was some indication earlier he had an explosive device on him. one of the things, dan, that drives what you do is what the witnesses are telling you. that's what it's so critical that people who exited the nightclub, what did you see? what had what's did you hear? describe the shooler. is there more
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did he have explosive devices? all of that informs how you go into the club. the last thing you want to do is do an entry, there's explosive devices inside the club that will harm your officers and other victims inside the club. it's the idea of when do we have enough intelligence to actually enter the scene? and maybe something precipitated it. maybe they got a tip he was actively shooting people or going to shoot other people. or do we have enough intel and now we're going to make an en y entry. >> i have a question. the fbi spokesman was adamant. he said they're going to bring every resource to bear. he says he doesn't believe there's a further threat in orlando or across the country. how can he be certain? >> i guess he has a comfort level this is a lone wolf, potentially. and he acted alone and maybe they have
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uncommon for lone wolfs to make statements. on the internet, may write a message. that may be driven by the age we have. if he's older, maybe less internet. younger, perhaps more. they now have enough intel to have a comfort level this is a lone person, i'm going to assume a male. a lone male committed the act. maybe they have an idea of why he committed the act. but does not have tentacles beyond himself. that was what we talked about in san bernardino. were they connected to anybody else? it seems like they've eliminated that at this point. >> is it a copy cat attack? isn't that a possibility? >> always a big concern. people use shootings to justify their own shooting.
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or potential shooting. did -- could this trigger another mass shooting? absolutely. i mean e, if you look at the spike of up and down in school mass shootings, there is a tendency of them to come in maybe three or four at a time, perhaps, over a short period of time. if you don't have the intel, you can't act. >> we always worry about this horrific contagion. 42 people have been transported to local hospitals. the mayor said north of 20 people killed in this attack. we had a chance to speak to an individual who was inside of the pulse nightclub in orlando. when the gunfire started to ring out. his name is jose santiago. here's what he told us. >> we want to bring in jose santiago who was at the pulse nightclub. good morning to
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thank you for joining us on the phone. >> good morning. >> first and foremost, you were on stage. you decided to go to the restroom with a friend when all of this broke out. can you tell us what the first few moments were like? >> we were at the front stage. dancing and everything. one of my friends went to the restroom. so my other friend told me, oh, let's move to the other side of the club. so when we moved, and i closed the door, that i passed through, and -- there -- they started shooting. like, more than ten shots. per minute. like, it was so crazy. and -- and then people were screaming. people started running. people started going to the dressing rooms. people started going to the bathroom. hind the bars. and everywhere. and then -- um -- there was, the deejay, beside the deejay, there was a door.
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and everybody opened that. everybody was running. everybody was jumping in front of everybody. people were running on top of ladies and the ladies were on the floor. they were asking for help. and nobody helped the people on the floor. and the people were just screaming. and the shots were like -- he was shooting everywhere. like, he got a lot of people shot. my friend got shot on the arm. >> you didn't see anything. did you hear anything from the shooters besides the gunfire? were they yelling anything? >> no, they were just shooting a lot. >> and you're saying you saw many, many people injured and some people who you believe did not survive? >> yeah. >> jose, this sounds like a nightmare. we're really glad you're safe this morning. and very much appreciate you speaking with us. >> yeah, yeah. >> thank you. >> also on the scene this
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buddy dyer. we spoke with him moments ago as well. >> tonight, our community witnessed or experienced a very horrific crime. many lives were lost and many many individuals were impacted. we had a coordinated effort among our law enforcement personnel among a number of counties in a hostage situation that actually probably saved dozens of lives. so thank you to the men and women of the orlando police department and the supporting agencies. the individual is not from our community. he traveled here to commit his crime. i can't say more than the fbi did at this point. they're in charge of that aspect of the investigation. so, i don't want to preempt anything on that.
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i think they confirmed that they believe he acted alone and independent. we don't know whether he randomly chose the club or chose it for a specific purpose. it's a stand-alone club with a parking lot. so one thought is that it was more accessible than some of the club that would be downtown or more downtown. so we just don't have enough information at this point to know his motivation for his selection of the target. i can tell you that there was text communication between hostages. and there were separate areas in the building. so the gunman had a number of hostages in one restroom area. and there was a second group of hostages isolated from there. and, when we made entry, we were able to rescue i think all of the hostages that were being held, or that were in the separa
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we have no indication that he had any associates. >> appeared to be a lone wolf. the mayor bloefing that rescue saved up to 30 lives when they went in around 5:00 a.m. this is such a sobering situation overnight in orlando. more than 20 dead, according to the mayor. 42 people going to the hospitals. >> the 42 were transported. we want to bring in dr. jen ashton. they were transported to the orlando regional medical center. >> this is a level one trauma center. this is a disaster code, all hands on deck situation. doctors, nurses, surgeons, auxiliary personnel brought in. for every gunshot victim, they need approximately six people in each o.r. they're ready for this at 2:00 in the m
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afternoon. the medical center says they're not on diversion. that means they're able to accept more patients. these type of big level one trauma centers are ready for this all the time. >> incredibly busy morning at that hospital. jen, thank you. we want to switch gears to check your forecast. we start with rob marciano. hey, rob. >> hi, dan. extraordinary heat across much of the central u.s. multiple records set yesterday. today will be no different. humidity levels make it feel like 102 in memphis and st. louis. this is dangerous heat if you're outside for a long period of time. one tornado tumping down. doing damage to several homes there. even with injuries. the threat moves to fargo. farther to the east in western parts of minnesota and then tomorrow, eastern parts of colorado is where we think we'll see
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east of denver. could see an isolated tornado. >> also much cooler in chicago and detroit today. george, paula, dan, back over to you. >> rob, thank you. we want to thank abc news chief anchor george stp. for coming in and helping us lead our coverage. >> as we're learning right
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[ gunfire ] welcome back to "gma." and we're covering a major breaking story. a shooting at a nightclub in orlando, florida. approximately 20 people losing their lives. the orlando mayor tells "gma" that number may well be higher. that would make this the worst terror attack in america since 9/11. >> local, state, and federal authorities are on the scenes. he was organized, well prepared. they don't believe he was from the area. no indications of an ongoing threat here in the u.s. we want to go back to lauren lyster. right there in orlando on the scene. good morning, lauren. >> reporter: good morning, dan and paula. still a scene with a number of police l
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crime tape blocking off the streets. you can see the sign for pulse now that it's cleared a little bit. a nightclub where an evening of fun, dancing, quickly turned to terror at about 2:00 a.m. when a gunman began that shooting rampage. witnesses describes to us a scene of bodies on the ground and blood everywhere. approximately 20 kills according to orlando police. and the mayor telling gam, as y -- telling "gma" that the number is probably higher. around 5:00 a.m., they decided to rescue the people inside. s.w.a.t. taking down the shooter. authorities saying 30 people were rescued. around 42 injured were taken to area hops ache this one, literally just down the street. overnight, we saw first responder after first responder rushing from the
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hospital, bringing victims. it's been on lockdown since 2:00 a.m. when gunshot victims began being transported there. this is where family and friends are gathering who believe they knew someone in the nightclub. they're waiting for information. >> there are heartbreaking scenes playing out there now. let's talk about the chronology. the gunfire started around 2:00 in the morning. the s.w.a.t. team used the bearcat vehicle to break down the wall around 5:00 in the morning. you were there then. you could hear what was going on. tell us about that. >> reporter: we were. we arrived on scene about 4:00 a.m. this scene, tons and tons of police and first responders. i'm sure we have video of that. people from the nightclub, at the time, were loiterring. they didn't know where to go. the people who had escaped. because their cars were
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valet. media is staged here. at about 5:00 a.m., we hear an explosi explosion. five minutes later, orlando police on the social media saying it was a controlled explosion by law enforcement. this was them entering the club, decided they were going to take down that shooter and rescue those hostages. we know a shootout took place. with the shooter that s.w.a.t. shot the gunman. and we heard a barrage of gunfire about 5:15 a.m. and then in the minutes after that, around, up until about 5:30, that was a very active time when we saw a truck, a pickup truck, a pickup truck that belongs to authorities rushing from the hospital to -- from the crime scene to the hospital and back urgently. this is when all of the real -- the shootout and the takedown of the shooter was all taking place. >> a
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you were just yards away from it. we appreciate your reporting this morning. lauren lyster, from the scene. we'll be covering this major breaking story throughout the show this morning. and throughout the day right here on abc news. we do want to move on now, though, to the race for the white house. and donald trump. doubling down on his attacks against a big hillary clinton supporter. >> all of this as trump is facing new challenges and resistance within his own party. mary bruce is on the story. good morning, mary. >> reporter: good morning. after a few days of relative peace in the party, republican leaders this morning are railing against trump. one top donor comparing him to fascist leaders. this morning, donald trump touting a new message for republican leaders who are not on board with his nomination. >> i would like to see the republican leadership get very
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strong, very smart. and be cool. you gotta be cool. >> reporter: this, as more top republicans refuse to support him. >> i wish every republican who supported mr. trump said, i made a mistake. >> reporter: and meg whitman is comparing trump to hitler and mussolini, hinting she may vote for clinton. back on the trail, trump showing no signs of changing. >> everything is politically correct. it's like a bunch of babies. like a bunch of dumb babies. >> reporter: he's not holding back from attacking elizabeth warren. making no apologies to warren. >> to pocahontas, i will apologize. because pocahontas is insulted. >> reporter: this morning, clinton is blitzing trump in her first television ad of the general election. >> today, we face a choice about who we are as nation. what kind of america do we want to be?
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dangerously divided or strong and united? >> reporter: that new ad will begin airing in battleground states on thursday. trump is expected to hit back hard. starting tomorrow, when he delivers a speech in new hampshire, outlining why he says clint season unfit to be president. >> a lot of people will be watching that speech. we'll have much more on the presidential race coming up on "this week." george stephanopoulos will go one on one with paul ryan. he'll also cover the major story, the terror attack in orlando. we want to check in with the weather forecast. for that, we send things over to rob marciano. >> a huge heat wave across the central part of the country. multiple records falling yesterday. green bay, rapid city, south dakota. cup until the humidity. this is dangerous heat out there. 10in memphis. 102 in st. louis.
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as far north as sioux falls. one tornado in eastern parts of m montana. a little further east today. tomorrow, eastern parts of colorado will see an enhanced risk of damage lg winds. maybe an isolated tornado, too. thunderstorms across parts of california, especially through >> this weather report brought to you by american express. >> all right. thank you very much, rob. coming up on the show, we're going to go back to the story we've been covering all morning. the shooting inside the gave give nightcl
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and there are new developments this morning in another fatal shooting incident that took place in orlando. one that happened just the night before the attack on the pulse nightclub. the victim in the shooting was christina grimmie. a young, promising singer and song writer. >> authorities believe there was no connection between the attacks. she was on the cusp of hitting it big. her career was on the rise. hollywood stars to the new jersey community she grew up in. we're learning more about the gunman who took her life. >> reporter: good morning. christina grimmie grew up here in south jersey. she was well on her way to becoming a worldwide name. the gunman who shot her drove from st. petersburg, florida, all the way to orlando. shooting her as she was signing autographs after a show. this morning, fans
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we find out more about what happened to rising pop star christina grimmie. ♪ came in like a wrecking ball >> reporter: the former "voice" contestant gund down after this performance in orlando friday night. police have identified the shooter as 27-year-old kevin james globel. >> please come to the show if you liver in orlando, florida. >> reporter: after the concert, nearly 120 vips getting up close and personal. these photos with fans capturing those moments. then -- >> three gunshots wept off. >> pop, pop, pop, pop. >> i was traumatized. i didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: the suspect shooting grimmie. her brother, mark, tackling him, before he shot himself. adam levine tweeting absolutely
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nick jonas posting, #restinpeace. >> i would like to dedicate this song. >> reporter: selena gomez dedicating a song. this morning, many of her fans turning to her own words to comfort. sometimes god allows terrible things to happen in your life and you don't know why. that doesn't mean you should stop trusting him. police are going through the shooter's belongings. they say it does not appear the two knew each other. >> such a sad story. such a horrific coincidence that these two shootings took place within roughly 24 hours to each other. police saying there's no connection at all. speaking of the second shooting incident. the much larmer one. 20 dead. perhaps more according to the mayor in orlan
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and welcome back to "gma" on this sunday morning. if you're just waking up the. we do want to update you on the breaking news out of orlando. the terror attack on a gay nightclub. 20 dead. maybe more. the shooter also dead. police say he was well prepared. he was organized. they don't believe he was from the area. more than 40 taken to a local hospital. >> terrified witnesses describe hearing the gunshots. seeing the injured. let'
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>> my son was in there with his boyfriend and two other guys. they heard about 20 shots. >> get out of here, man. >> oh, my god, dude. >> went bang, bang, bang, bang. >> people screaming and falling. >> i got a text message from my daughter and two nieces. >> please come get ussous because he's about to kill us. >> nobody now what to do. >> he was like, i don't want to look up. if i look up, he might shoot me. >> there was bodies everywhere. i kept crawling. >> i don't know if he was left in the club. if he got shot. or, if he's being worked on here. i don't know. >> the parking lot, they were tagging them red, yellow, so they know who to help first and who not to help first. >> right here, right here. >> he said he was going to the die and he loved me. that's the last thing i heard. >> it's terrible. he's my only child.
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>> oh, so much heartbreak and anguish. the orlando regional medical center happens to be one block away. it's one of the top trauma centers in the country. they're taking patients. dr. jen ashton said earlier for each gunshot victim, they will assign six personnel. so six people for all of those 42 that so far have been transported to orlando regional. >> we know the victims are being well cared for at this point. we can also tell you that authorities are telling us that they have no reason to believe there are further threats. they believe this gunman acted alone. but the investigation is ongoing and in a very intense state as we speak right now. we're going to have much more on this story here on "gma" and on abc news throughout the day. keep it here. we'll be right back.
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as we near the end of this broadcast. we want to play for you again what could be the key moment from the news conference from local fishes in orlando. talking about the terror attack overnight. this really gives us a window into who the gunman may be and what may have motivated. take a listen now. >> do you have any reason to think there's a connection to radical islamic terrorism? >> i would say at this time, we're looking into all angles right now. we do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology. right now, we can't say definitively. we're still running everything to ground. >> authorities looking into this. who the suspect was. his ideology. his political leanings. i know george has a big show coming up on "this week." they'll b
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been the deadliest terror attack here on u.s. soil since 9/11. thank you for joining us on "good morning america." [ gunfire ] announcer: this is a good morning washington update. an update on a power outage at kingston minyan after people were evacuated from rides yesterday evening. they plan to reopen today. dated with tickets yesterday will havehe
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it shot -- the possible -- the rides.stopped park officials say safety is their highest priority. the annual capitol drive concert festivities start at noon. scheduled all day until -- events are scheduled all day until 9:45. brian van de graaff is standing by with the latest on the forecast. brian: slightly cooler. today, around 99. it is about the feel factor. dew points are in the 60's. when they are in that range, we are uncomfortable. it will be windy. 10 to 20 with gusts near 30. temperatures will rise. humidity will come down. celebrate fairfax happening at the fairfax
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center. it will be windy and hot. the wind will help make it feel better. the humidity will drop. tomorrow, a gorgeous day. hit or miss showers. nothing too widespread. a better chance next weekend. quake so we are staying on top of the breaking news out of orlando, florida. 20 people killed during a night climb -- a nighttime shooting.
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>> announcer: starting right now on "this week" with george stephanopoulos. breaking you. horror in orlando. >> reporting shots fired outside ormc. >> many lives were lost. >> potentially the worst terror atk on u.s. soil since 9/11. >> absolutely we're investigating this from all parties' perspective as an act of terrorism. >> we do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology. >> the scene itself, a bloody shootout. a s.w.a.t. team swarming the club, taking out the shooter. survivors running for their lives, as ambulances rushed victims to the hospital. now, america on edge this morning. waiting for


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