The wife and employer of the Orlando nightclub terrorist, Omar Mateen, will have to answer to a lawsuit being filed by the surviving victims and the families of the 49 who perished last June. The basis of the suit rests on the claim that there were enough warning signs to prevent the massacre, but nothing was done to stop it.
The suit – which is claiming wrongful death and negligence, as well as other counts – was filed on Wednesday at the South Florida federal court building by personal injury attorney Antonio Romanucci, who is representing all the plaintiffs.
“Mateen gave out so many warnings that someone should have reined this guy in,” Romanucci told The Associated Press. “They should have said, ‘You are not stable. You shouldn’t have a weapon.'”
Employed as a security guard by G4S, an international security company, Mateen – who was slain by police during the rampage at the Pulse nightclub – had a firearm license for work purposes. In 2013 while he was assigned to the St. Lucie County Courthouse, he was investigated by the FBI after they were notified of his boasts to co-workers about being close to terrorists and a mass shooter. When quizzed by his supervisors, Mateen claimed that he was lying because his co-workers were giving him a hard time for being a Muslim. The FBI closed the case after coming to the conclusion that Mateen was not in fact a threat to public safety at the time.
Noor Salman, Mateen’s wife, is currently incarcerated and awaiting trial for federal charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice. She is accused of being present with her husband while he surveilled locations for a potential terrorist attack and was aware of his intentions.
“Rather than warn authorities, she kept it a secret and acted as his accomplice,” Romanucci continued.
The incident at the gay nightspot was the worst mass shooting in the United States from 1949 to the present.
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