Terror hit Pulse, the Orlando gay nightclub that became the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on Sunday. A gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded 53 others. Another man, who was planning to attack pride festival in Los Angele,s was arrested.
The co-owner of Pulse founded the club to honor her brother who died of AIDS and to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The shooter, who held off police for three hours before a SWAT team killed him, was identified as Omar S. Mateen, a Florida resident who might have had leanings toward Islamic State militants. Shortly before the attack, Mateen, who was born in New York to Afghan parents, called 911 and pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, law enforcement officials told NBC News.
Pulse is one of the Florida city's five gay bars, a hub for Latin music, drag performances, diva nights, bar dancers, drinks served by muscular bartenders and wild fun.
The shooting happened at 2:00 a.m., toward the end of one of the club's popular Latin nights, with bachata, merengue and salsa music. Many of the family members seeking their loved ones at local hospitals after the shooting were Hispanic.
On the west coast, a man was arrested in California with assault weapons and possible explosives on Sunday. Authorities said that he was in the Los Angeles area for the gay pride festival. Los Angeles Times reported that police received a call about man lurking in Santa Monica and when they searched his car found the firearms and an ingredient that could be used to make pipe bombs.