ORLANDO, Fla. (WAVY/AP) — A memorial has popped up outside an Orlando hospital following a deadly mass shooting at a nightclub.
The attack on the Pulse nightclub left 49 people dead. The city of Orlando has released the names of the victims on their website.
Dozens of people were also injured in the mass shooting. On Monday evening, Orlando Health tweeted that all patients in their care seem to be improving and appear to have a positive prognosis at this time.
At Orlando Regional Medical Center, where many of the victims were taken for treatment after the shooting, mourners have left mementos, including a paper chain with kind words.
“What I put on there was, ‘This is a tragedy. So many souls snatched away before their time. May you all find happiness beyond this reality,'” one man told 10 On Your Side’s Tom Schaad.
Bouquets were also piled at a memorial about a mile from Pulse. People broke down in tears and held their hands to their faces while passing through the growing collection of signs, flowers and cards.
Thousands of people gathered in downtown Orlando for a vigil to support the victims and survivors of the shooting.
Many in the crowd Monday evening say they were inspired to attend because Pulse played a huge role in their lives as gays and lesbians.
Cathleen Daus, now 36 says, “It was a place that a young 20-year-old who wasn’t openly gay felt safe for the first time.” She worked at Pulse in her twenties. “Pulse gave me confidence, made me realize I was normal and so much like everyone else.”
President Barack Obama called the Orlando shooting an act of terrorism and an act of hate. He noted that the site of the shooting was more than a nightclub, calling it a place where people came to raise awareness, speak their minds and advocate for their civil rights.
On Thursday, the president will travel to Orlando to pay respects to the victims and to stand in solidarity with the community as it embarks on recovery, the White House said Monday night.
10 On Your Side’s Tom Schaad is in Orlando and will have continuing coverage on WAVY News 10.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.