What to Know
- Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking for a federal emergency declaration from President Obama after the Orlando mass shooting.
In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern American history, Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking for a federal emergency declaration from President Obama for the city of Orlando and the state.
In a statement, Gov. Scott asked for the declaration so that federal resources can begin to assist in the efforts at the Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were killed and 53 more injured after Omar Mateen opened fire early Sunday morning.
“I have remained in constant communication with federal, state and local law enforcement,” Gov. Scott said. “I have also been in contact with some of the victims’ families to let them know we are grieving with them and will be there for them every step of the way. Our state is mourning, but the Orlando community is strong. We are all coming together, and we will get through this together. I ask every American to continue to pray for our state and nation and all those affected by this terror attack.”
At a Monday press conference, officials said that 48 of the 49 victims inside the night club have been identified and the process of notifying next of kin continues. Police said the death total is at 50 when Mateen is included, as he was killed by SWAT team members.