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Rick Scott: ‘We are a strong and resilient state’

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Gov. Rick Scott said the state will “devote every resource available” to assist law enforcement officials in the aftermath the Orlando shooting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and all those affected by this horrific tragedy,” said Scott in a statement Sunday morning “We are a strong and resilient state, and we will devote every resource available to assist with the shooting in Orlando.”

According to the Associated Press, a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside Pulse Orland, a popular gay nightclub, before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers. The attack left about 20 people dead and 42 others wounded.

Authorities are investigating it as an act of terrorism.

Scott said the state’s emergency operations center was monitoring “this tragic incident.” Scott said he had been in constant communications with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, and state and local law enforcement. Scott also thanked the first responders who “quickly came to assist and help those in need.”

Scott is traveling to Orlando to meet with law enforcement officials today.

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