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At Least 20 Dead In Mass Shooting At Orlando Gay Nightclub

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Flags across the city and state are lowered to half-staff on orders by Mayor Joe Hogsett and Governor Mike Pence. This in honor of the 50 people killed and at least another 53 injured in what authorities believe is a lone wolf ISIS attack on an Orlando nightclub at Pride events by 29-year-old Omar Mateen. Indy Pride, Inc.  on the heels of a successful week of pride events here in Indy held an inter-faith prayer vigil Sunday night calling for peace and resilience in the face of growing violence. At it, Rima Khan-Shahid, executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana who also represented the Islamic Society of North America denounced the violence and called for peace and love saying that the shooting is not what Muslims are about. Rabbi Paula Winnig spoke, urging activism at the polls as a response to the violence.  Winnig reminded the hundreds of attendees that more than 100,000 people had gathered here downtown on Saturday for Pride Festivities and that if just 80,000 to 90,000 of them were registered voters who made it to the polls in the next election, they could force change in gun laws.

An Indiana man remains behind bars today after being found with guns and bomb-making materials near the annual Pride parade and festival in West Hollywood. James Howell is being held by Santa Monica Police on 500-thousand dollars bail. Police say Howell told officers he planned to attend the massive LGBT parade Sunday but didn’t make comments about doing anything else. Police are searching for his motives. Meanwhile, authorities in Southern Indiana are weighing in saying Howell shouldn’t have had the weapons. Authorities in Clark County say James Howell is still on probation after his arrest there last year. Police say Howell pointed a gun at a neighbor last October.

Prosecutors are moving ahead with a murder case against Justin Brabson. He’s the man police say shot and killed his brother last week in Brownsburg. Hendricks County prosecutors are expected to charge him later today. Police arrested Brabson over the weekend.

A condo complex exploded on the south side rocking a neighborhood. The blast eminated from the Tuscan Pointe Condos basement injuring two people just after midnight. It’s located near Stop 10 Road and Shelby Street. WTHR TV reported Indy Fire officials don’t know the cause of the blast though several residents reported smelling gas. Citizens Gas is on the scene investigating the source of the blast that did about $60,000 in damage. The victims are being treated at Eskenazi Hospital.

Governor Pence is asking Hoosier Republicans to re-elect GOP leadership in November.  While speaking to delegates at the Indiana Republican Convention on Saturday, he said his opponent’s party would take “in the wrong direction.” Pence is expected to face a tight re-election race with Democrat John Gregg.  He also asked Hoosiers to support Donald Trump in the presidential race.

In Sports…

The Indiana Fever fell to the Seattle Storm, 90-88, despite 27 points put up by Tamika Catchings. The ladies visit the Lynx tomorrow.

Weather…

Sunny. High near 90 degrees.

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