Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club, where 50 people were killed. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Reaction from San Diego officials to the mass murder at an Orlando, Florida nightclub began early this Sunday morning on social media.

“San Diego stands united with the people of Orlando,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said on Twitter. “Our sincere condolences to the families affected by this horrible act of violence.”

From San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman: “SanDiegoPD thoughts and prayers are with Orlando and all those affected by this senseless and tragic shooting.”

“Heartbroken and horrified by the attack at #PulseNightclub in #Orlando,” Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego wrote.

“Praying for the victims, their families & brave first responders.”

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, who was the first lesbian speaker of the California Assembly sent out a message via Twitter. “We awoke this morning to learn of the horrific act of violence in Florida. We grieve with our LGBTQ family and Orlando.”

“Shock, tears, anger,” wrote San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria, who is openly gay. “Words fail when trying to comprehend the attack on Orlando gay bar. Ask San Diegans to keep victims in your hearts.”

“Heartbreaking. Prayers with the injured & the families of those who were killed,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez tweeted.

Former Republican San Diego City Councilman, now radio talk show host Carl DeMaio wrote: “At 50, the Orlando attack is one of the worst acts of terrorism. We must demand action by Obama. No more excuses or politics!”

“Our hearts grieve with our brothers of Orlando,” said a tweet by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.

The San Diego office of the American Civil Liberties Union sent out a tweet. “We awoke to this news. It’s devastating that people are targeted for who they are/who they love,” the ACLU said.

The San Diego Blood Bank has not yet been requested to contribute to the shooting victims, but stands ready to help if asked, according to a spokeswoman.

— City News Service

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