>> Overwhelming shock, sadness, and anger within and beyond the LGBT community Sunday after at least 50 people were killed during a mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, the worst in US history. Orlando city commissioner Patty Sheehan has attended the Pulse Night Club where the attack occurred.
>> I just want to say that we as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community are people who love. And if you think that you're going to stab at the heart of us by doing this horrible, violent act, you're not. Because we love. We are as resilient people and we're gonna show you in the face of this that we're gonna have people lined out behind those blood banks.
We're gonna show what the good heart of humanity is, not the bad, horrible part of it is. And you can not get your message across by killing people. You're nothing but thugs and murderers and we will show you that we are a better community and a better America than this.
>> The deadly incident coming as several US cities celebrate Gay Pride Month with planned festivities. Parades in Washington DC and Los Angeles began with a moment of silence to mourn the dead. Both cities reportedly increasing security for their events. Santa Monica police found possible explosives, assault rifles, and ammunition in the car of a man who said he was in town to attend LA's Pride festival in West Hollywood.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordering all flags to be flown at half mast with City Hall to be lit in rainbow colors at sunset to represent gay pride. New York is home to Sunday night's Tony Awards. Organizers issuing a statement, our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy, and dedicating the ceremony to friends and family of the victims.
But the shooting is not without controversy for at least one public official. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a staunch opponent of same sex marriage, received heavy backlash for a tweet he later deleted. A Biblical quote reading, A man reaps what he sows. His office told local media the tweet had been scheduled for release well before the shooting.