Blood donors needed in wake of Orlando mass shooting

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Blood donations are needed in the wake of Sunday morning’s horrific mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub that left at least 50 dead and 53 injured.

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Reports on social media and in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper show that hundreds in Central Florida have already lined up to donate blood for the victims of the shooting.

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According to the Orlando Sentinel, a local blood donation center called OneBlood put out a call for the donations citing the shootings.

A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun took hostages and opened fire inside the popular gay Orlando nightclub Pulse, killing at least 50 people and wounding 53 others before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, officials said Sunday.

Scene of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando (Orlando Police Department Twitter)

The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida, CBS News reported. Officials have described the attack as potentially being “ISIS-inspired.” The shooting is officially the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

CBS North Carolina visited the Red Cross office in Raleigh and called the other Triangle locations. All offices are closed Sunday, but will reopen at their normal time to accept donations on Monday.

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