Rick Scott after shootings: Orlando “challenged like never before”

The news is still developing but Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings’s office confirmed “multiple fatalities” after shootings in Orlando this morning.

Gov. Rick Scott, in Panama City for a ceremonial bill signing, issued a statement expressing empathy for the city, still reeling from last year’s massacre at the Pulse nightclub that left 49 people dead.

Scott’s statement:

“Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before. I have been briefed by our law enforcement officials on this tragic incident and Ann and I are praying for the families who lost loved ones today. I ask all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence. I will remain in contact with the Orlando law enforcement community throughout the day as more information is made available.”