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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Monday, the seventh anniversary of a gunman killing 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
DeSantis issued a memorandum Friday that directed flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at all state and local buildings.
DeSantis said in the memorandum that lowering the flags is a “mark of respect for the victims, their families, and the many affected by this tragedy.”
In addition to killing 49 people at the gay nightclub, gunman Omar Mateen wounded dozens of others. Mateen was killed by police after a standoff.
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Pulse nightclub was a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, United States. On June 12, 2016, it was the site of a mass shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 more.
The shooter, Omar Mateen, was a 29-year-old American-born Muslim who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during the attack.
The shooting was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the September 11 attacks.
The Pulse nightclub was founded in 2004 by Barbara Poma and Ron Legler. It was a popular spot for the LGBTQ community in Orlando. On the night of the shooting, the club was hosting its popular Latin Night event.
The shooting began at around 2:00 a.m. Mateen entered the club with an AR-15 rifle and a handgun. He opened fire on the crowd, killing and injuring people indiscriminately. The shooting lasted for three hours, during which time Mateen held hostages before being killed by police.
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