TERROR

Bodies removed after worst mass shooting in US history

  • Orlando, Fla., Mayor Buddy Dyer reads details of the fatal shootings at Pulse Orlando nightclub during a media briefing Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Looking on is Florida Gov. Rick Scott at right. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Orlando, Fla., Mayor Buddy Dyer reads details of the fatal shootings at Pulse Orlando nightclub during a media briefing Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Looking on is Florida Gov. Rick Scott at right. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Orlando Police Chief John Mina describes the details of the fatal shootings at the Pulse Orlando nightclub during a media briefing Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Orlando Police Chief John Mina describes the details of the fatal shootings at the Pulse Orlando nightclub during a media briefing Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Law enforcement officials confer near the Pulse Orlando nightclub before sunrise Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Pulse Orlando was the scene of a mass fatal shooting early Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Law enforcement officials confer near the Pulse Orlando nightclub before sunrise Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Pulse Orlando was the scene of a mass fatal shooting early Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of bodies were slowly removed overnight from a popular Orlando gay club after a gunman sprayed the helpless crowd with bullets in violence that killed 50 people and devastated a city famous for family-friendly theme parks.

When the attacker opened fire in the early hours of Sunday morning, it interrupted an evening of drinking, dancing and drag shows at a club known for tolerance for all people.

Authorities say suspect Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an AR-15 and fired relentlessly — 20 rounds, 40, then 50 and more. In such tight quarters, the bullets could hardly miss. He shot at police. He took hostages.

When the gunfire at the Pulse Orlando club finally stopped, 50 people were dead and dozens critically wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.