Families frantically wait for answers in Orlando shooting

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 08:37:36-04

Hundreds of family members and friends of the victims were waiting outside of Orlando Regional Medical Center to hear whether or not their loved ones survived. Jose Honorato is searching for his brother, Miguel. Jose said he hasn't heard from his brother since the shooting occurred.

"I feel worthless there I can't do anything cause I don't know if he is okay," said Honorato.

Miguel turned up on the city's list of victims Monday morning around 8 a.m. as one of the deceased.

The shooter, 29-year-old Florida resident and US citizen Omar Mateen, killed a total of 49 people, ATF officials confirmed Monday. The prior report of 50 dead included Mateen.

Hospital officials setup a crisis center at a hotel down the road from the emergency room. Friends and family members were instructed to leave their contact information and workers said they would contact them when they knew more.

Officials are releasing the names of the victims on a city website.

"I'm still missing three friends I have two friend who are inside that were injured," said Janiel Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was inside the club when the shots rang out. He believes the shooting last for eight minutes.

"It was rapid fire and then he would change put in more ammunition I could just smell that ammo in the air and I said this isn't fireworks we need to leave," said Gonzalez.

Orlando officials hope to release several more names by the end of Sunday night.