Many Pulse questions remain unanswered

FBI disclosing few details about massacre, response


ORLANDO, Fla. – One month after the FBI launched what it described to News 6 as a "major terrorism investigation" into the Pulse nightclub massacre, the agency is withholding many details about the attack that left 49 people dead and 53 wounded.

Among the unanswered questions: Why did gunman Omar Mateen choose to carry out his attack at that particular gay nightclub, 120 miles from his home in Fort Pierce?  Did anyone else know about Mateen's plot prior to June 12? How did the attack unfold?  And exactly how did law enforcement respond?

"This an active investigation," FBI Special Agent, Ron Hopper, said at a June 20th news conference, the last time agency representatives spoke publicly about the Pulse shooting.  "While we understand your interest, we appreciate your patience as we find the facts methodically and carefully."

As survivors and victims' families commemorate the one month anniversary of the nightclub shooting, the gunman's wife remains in hiding.  Noor Salman accompanied her husband to buy ammunition, and spoke to him on the phone as the attack was underway, according to CBS News.  Yet federal prosecutors have not filed criminal charges against her, or anyone else, in relation to the shooting.

The FBI's probe into the Pulse attack appears to be unfolding differently than other terrorism investigations.

Just three weeks after a Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik fatally shot 14 people inside a San Bernardino office building in December 2015, the FBI arrested the couple's former neighbor.  Enrique Marquez is accused of conspiring with Farook and illegally purchasing weapons.

Just four days after the San Bernardino shooting, California authorities released radio transmissions of dispatchers talking with police as they responded to the scene and closed in on the shooters, killing them.

Following the Pulse shooting, the FBI ordered Florida government agencies to withhold radio transmissions, 911 calls, and many other public records related to the nightclub attack, citing the agency’s ongoing investigation.

"It may last months, or even years," Hopper said of the investigation on June 20th.  "But I want you to know we will endeavor to bring justice to the victims who survived, as well as the families of the deceased who were so viciously murdered."


Justin Warmoth is live at Pulse nightclub one month after 49 people lost their lives.

Posted by News 6 WKMG / ClickOrlando on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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