Shooting erupted at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early on Sunday and “multiple” people have been injured, police said.
The violence broke out at the Pulse nightclub, Orlando police said on Twitter, advising people to “stay away from area.”
Local media reported that from seven to as many as 20 people had been shot in the incident, but had no further details. The nightclub urged patrons in a post on its Facebook page to “get out” and “keep running.”
Several patrons posted on social media that a gunman was holed up inside and holding hostages. One man who was inside the club posted that the shooting broke out around 2 a.m. and that he heard about 40 shots being fired.
Police said on Twitter they had carried out a “controlled explosion” at the club hours after the shooting broke out, but did not say why that was done. They described the scene as a “fluid situation”.
Video posted online showed a large number of police and emergency vehicles outside the nightclub. Bomb sniffing dogs were also on the scene, CNN reported.
The nightclub shooting occurred just a day after a man thought to be a deranged fan fatally shot Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star who gained fame on YouTube and as a contestant on “The Voice”, while she was signing autographs after a concert in Orlando.