Worst Mass Shooting in US History: Toll in Fla. Soars to 50

[World News ]


(P1) Sunday morning’s bloodbath at Pulse Orlando nightclub was far bloodier than police initially indicated, with the city mayor now confirming at least 50 casualties in what is now the worst mass shooting in American history, reports the AP. At least 53 people have been hospitalized. “There’s blood everywhere,” Mayor Buddy Dyer told a news conference. The gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla., an American citizen born to Afghan parents, reports ABC News, which characterizes Mateen as “on the radar” of authorities, though not on a specific watchlist or subject of an investigation. “It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando’s police chief tells CNN, adding that Mateen had an assault weapon, handgun, and “some type of (other) device on him.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott is en route to the scene and says in a statement that “We will devote every resource available to assist with the shooting in Orlando.”

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SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/226536/worst-mass-shooting-in-us-history-toll-in-fla-soars-to-50.html

VOCABULARY: bloodbath, initially, casualties, watchlist, en route, devote


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think this was an act of terrorism? Why or why not?
  3. It’s legal to buy and own guns in the USA. Do you agree or disagree with this? Why or why not?
  4. Is it legal to own guns in your country? If yes, explain the law.


  1. The murders occurred on a Saturday night. (T or F)
  2. What is the name of the discotheque?
  3. The gunman wasn’t a citizen of the USA. (T or F)
  4. What’s the name of the governor of Florida?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Toll in Fla. soars to 50 (Title)
  • Worst mass shooting
  • “on the radar”
  • Subject of an investigation

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