First 4 Victims of Orlando Mass Shooting Identified as Police Attempt to Notify Families


06/12/2016 AT 03:45 PM EDT

The city of Orlando, Florida, is working to notify the loved ones of victims in the tragic gay nightclub shooting that took the lives of at least 50 people, making it the deadliest shooting in American history.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer tweeted that although the Pulse nightclub is still an active crime scene, “law enforcement is working the scene as efficiently and diligently as possible while being respectful to the remains of the deceased.”

A website is being set up to identify victims after their families have been notified.

So far only four victims have officially been identified: Edward Sotomayor Jr., Stanley Almodovar III, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo and Juan Ramon Guerrero. Authorities confirmed that all four men had died.

Mayor Dyer also asked that anyone who may know a possible victim call a hotline at 407-246-4357.

In a series of tweets, Mayor Dyer addressed the aftermath of the tragedy.

“Our community will be grieving together for the next days, weeks and months,” he wrote. “We need to support each other, love each other and this will not define us but will bring us together.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott asked the nation to pause for a moment of silence at 6 p.m. ET to remember victims.

According to police, a single gunman opened fire just after 2 a.m. local time at Pulse, a popular gay club south of downtown Orlando. An officer working at the club initially responded to the shooter, “engaging in the gun battle with the suspect” before the suspect went back into the club, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a Sunday morning news conference.

The shooter held 30 people hostage for several hours. At 5 a.m., police moved in to rescue the hostages. More gunshots followed, and police also used explosives in an attempt to distract the suspect. Eventually, the gunman was shot and killed by police.


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