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0:13 Photo Courtesy: Orlando Police
0:19 Cristian Rivera, Orlando Resident
1:15 Gina, Orlando Resident
1:44 Leon Harp, Orlando Salvation Army
As federal, state and local officers investigate the mass shooting last Sunday in Orlando, the community is doing what it can to remember and help the victims, their families heal from the tragedy at the Pulse Night Club. President Obama and Vice President Biden will visit the Pulse victims and their families Thursday afternoon in Orlando.
“Orlando is at a turning point,” said Cristian Rivera as he and others came to visit the area where many were killed and wounded early Sunday morning, June 12th. Rivera and others who visited the area and the memorials did not know the victims personally, but wanted to be there for them. Homeland Security also was present at the Command Center.
The Florida Highway Patrol on scene expects the investigation at Pulse to continue for 4-5 more days. Expect traffic detours at South Orange Avenue and Miller Street, south of downtown Orlando. The crime scene is blocked off there. Many of business near the crime scene remained closed Wednesday afternoon. From where the public and some news media gathered , only a Subway Sandwich shop was open.
On Wednesday, June 15th, Orlando Health released these numbers: 44 victims were treated, 9 died, 10 discharged, 25 remain in the hospital with 6 in critical condition. Since Sunday’s horrific mass shooting, there have been 44 operations on the victims. Many also also continue to thank Orlando’s first responders, officers, deputies and individuals on social media for what they did to save as many lives as possible.
The Salvation Army also is receiving community food and water donations for the Pulse shooting victims and all affected at Camping World Stadium, 1610 West Church Street in Orlando now through Sunday. A Family Assistance Center with grief counselors opened at the stadium on Wednesday.
“What they need to know is the food on the second floor for counseling is for the volunteers. It’s not for the families. You can go up there. You won’t get any food. When you come in and park, the Salvation Army is centered right here in the parking lot. The food is free. Please help yourself to it,” said Leon Harp of Orlando’s Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services at Campus World Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
The City of Orlando and Mayor Buddy Dyer also launched a fundraising website, http://www.oneorlando.org where you can donate money online by credit, debit card or check.