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Florida Governor Rick Scott: 'This is clearly an act of terror'

As the investigation continued Sunday morning, more info on the man who committed the crime was released. Victims from the massacre are carried to help Saturday, June 11, 2016. (CNN Newsource)

Florida Governor Rick Scott discussed the mass shooting at an Orlando night club Sunday, telling reporters the attack was "clearly an act of terror."

"You just can't imagine this would happen to our community, our state, or anywhere in our country," Scott said.

"For somebody to go in there and be an active shooter and take... that number of lives, any life, but that number of lives and injure that many people is clearly an act of terror," Scott stated.

"Our community experienced a horrific crime today," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer wrote on Twitter.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families," Dyer said.

"Despite the fact that tonight's crime will have a lasting effect, we are a strong community," Dyer wrote in a subsequent tweet.

The Orlando Mayor also thanked first responders and hospitals, who he credited with saving "many lives."

"We are dealing with something we never imagined," Dyer wrote.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted within early Sunday morning, deeming the attack a "horrifying act of terror."

"Our prayers are with those injured and killed early this morning," Rubio wrote.

Rubio also encouraged those that live in central Florida to donate blood. Photos posted online showed that many Florida residents had lined up to do so.


Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Florida) addressed reporters in Orlando, telling them that the club may have been targeted specifically.

"It might be that we've seen a commission of an awful hate crime last night," Grayson said.

"Words cannot express the horror, pain, and sadness that we feel about this terrible loss," Grayson wrote on twitter.

The Vice President and President have both been briefed on the situation, according to The White House.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims," read an official statement from The White House.

Speaking from The White House Briefing room, President Obama called the attack "an act of terror" and hate.

"Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder -- a horrific massacre -- of dozens of innocent people," Obama said.

"We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts," the President states.

". We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city."

Presidential candidates also commented on the shooting, offering their thoughts and prayers on social media.

"Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL," presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter.

"As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act," Clinton said.

""I join Americans in praying for the victims of the attack in Orlando, their families and the first responders who did everything they could to save lives," Clinton wrote in a statement.

Deeming the attack "an act of terror," Clinton stressed the need to "redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad."

"This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets," Clinton said.

""This is a time to stand together and resolve to do everything we can to defend our communities and country."

"Unthinkable," is how Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders described the attack during an interview with Meet The Press.

"All Americans are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the horrific atrocity in Orlando," Sanders said in releasing his formal statement.

"At this point we do not know whether this was an act of terrorism, a terrible hate crime against gay people or the act of a very sick person," Sanders said, extending "heartfelt condolences," to the victims' families and loved ones.

" Our thoughts are with the injured and the entire Orlando LGBTQ community," Sanders said.

Presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump described the shooting as a "horrific incident," writing on Twitter that he is praying "for all the victims and their families."

"When will this stop?" Trump asked.

"When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?"

Trump later wrote that he was appreciative of the congratulations he'd received "for being right on radical Islamic terrorism."

In a formal campaign statement, Trump described how " our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist."

" It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months," read the statement.

"My deepest sympathy and support goes out to the victims, the wounded, and their families."

This is a developing story. Updates will be provided.


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