Last night a gunman opened fire at a club in Orlando; here's what you can do to help the victims.
Last night in Orlando, a gunmen fired into the crowd at the Pulse nightclub. According to CNN, the gunman, Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, started firing into the crowd around 2 am. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer has declared a state of emergency for the city.
This shooting is now the worst mass shooting in US history. Terry DeCarlo, head of the GLBT Center Of Central Florida, has opened up a crisis hotlines for the GLBTQ community. "We can't confirm — and I've talked extensively with the police department — that it was a direct hate crime against the LGBT community, it could have just been a person looking for a packed nightclub to go in and start shooting. We can't confirm that yet,"said DeCarlo to WMFE.
How can you help the victims and the families who have been horribly effected by this event? Equality Florida Action (EQF) has a listing of counseling centers, blood donation centers as well as a listing of candlelight vigils. A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise monies for the victims and their families. Sadly they will have to deal with medical care and funeral costs. At this time, the GoFundMe account has raised $416,321 dollars. To learn more about the GoFundMe account or donate, please visit the site.