Orlando police chief shows gratitude to department following nightclub shooting

Orlando police chief shows gratitude to department following nightclub shooting

ORLANDO, FL (WTVM) - Following the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando where 50 people were killed and 53 were injured, the Orlando Police Department sprang into action and into a devastating scene.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina understands that call to action, and issued a note of gratitude to his department Sunday evening on social media.

His message, sent via email to his department, says:

On the darkest day of my 25 years at the Orlando Police Department, I wanted to take a moment to tell all of you how proud I am of the work you have done today and will do over the next days and weeks.

A handful of victims have been identified; the shooter, who pledged his allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call during the shooting, was killed by law enforcement officers inside of the club.

"The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct the Officer Involved Shooting investigation. The 11 OPD officers  involved are relieved of duty, as is standard in any officer involved shooting," the City of Orlando said in their last briefing on Sunday.

The 29-year-old American-born man was investigated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. The FBI has considered the shooter's act as terrorism.

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