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After Orlando shooting, Baltimore police discussing safety with city's LGBT community

A Baltimore police spokesman said the department was discussing "concerns and safety" with the city's LGBT community following a deadly mass shooting in a gay Orlando, Fla., nightclub.

"As we continue to learn more about the tragic situation that occurred in Orlando overnight, the Baltimore police department is currently reaching out to our LGBT community to discuss concerns and safety," police spokesman T.J. Smith said in a statement.

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"We offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those affected by this evil act of violence."

More than 50 people were killed and 53 were injured at the Pulse nightclub by a lone gunman armed with a pistol and an assault rifle, authorities say. Officials have identified the gunman as 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Smith said Baltimore police are ready to assist Orlando police, if asked.

"They are in the early stages of this crisis," Smith said in a statement. "We stand ready to have conversations with them, if necessary, at the appropriate time."

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