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Orlando gay club dead felled by 200 bullets – report

MIAMI (AFP) – The 49 people who were killed in June in the Orlando gay nightclub massacre were struck by 200 bullets, local media reported Monday, quoting coroners.

The victims who died sustained 200 bullet wounds – without counting shots that hit the 53 injured people who survived, a report by the Orange County coroners’ office said, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Reached by AFP, the coroners’ office said it would release a full statement on Tuesday. Lone gunman Omar Mateen – a 29-year-old American of Afghan descent – opened fire early on June 12 at about 2:00 am (0600 GMT) in the Pulse nightclub before taking hostages in a bathroom.

Three hours passed as he remained in contact with police negotiators, who blasted their way into the club around 5:00 am. New York-born Mateen was ultimately killed in the crossfire.