Pulse nightclub victims remembered on 7th anniversary of massacre
Across central Florida, the 49 victims killed and dozens more survivors of the massacre at a gay-friendly nightclub were remembered with the unveiling of a 44-foot (13.4-meter) -wide mural and an overnight vigil at the site of the Pulse club on the seventh anniversary of the tragedy.
Federal appeals court clears social media companies in Pulse shooting lawsuit
A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that Twitter, Google and Facebook should be held liable in the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub after Islamic State social-media posts radicalized shooter Omar Mateen.
Here's how Noor Salman reacted when verdict was read at Pulse trial
Noor Salman's family gasped Friday when a court official said aloud that she had been found not guilty of lying to the FBI and helping her husband plan the attack. After the verdicts were read, Salman began sobbing with joy and her family held each other. On the other side of the courtroom, the families of the victims of the Pulse shooting sat stone-faced and silent. Outside the courthouse, Salman's family said they were eager for her to be able to see her young son again. Salman's husband was Omar Mateen, who shot and killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub in June 2016.
Salman family apologizes to Pulse victims after not guilty verdict
ORLANDO, Fla. – Minutes after Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse gunman Omar Mateen, was found not guilty of helping her husband during a terrorist attack at an Orlando nightclub, her family addressed the media. Family spokeswoman Susan Clary apologized to the Pulse victims in her opening line:"On this Good Friday, the (Salman) family really wants to very first say, 'We are very sorry for the family members and friends of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and the survivors.' Lastly, Noor Salman's cousin, Susan Adieh, addressed the media:"No matter what's going to happen, guilty or not, (the Pulse victims) are not coming back. As the verdict was being read by the jury foreman, Noor Salman's hands were visibly shaking. Her family gasped at the not guilty verdict and all of them began sobbing and holding each other.
Pulse owner attends jury selection in Noor Salman trial
ORLANDO, Fla. – Pulse owner Barbara Poma appeared in federal court Tuesday as jury selection continued in the trial of the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at the Orlando nightclub in June 2016. Noor Salman, 31, is charged with aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice after the shooting. On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen opened fire inside Pulse on Latin night, killing 49 and injuring more than 50 others. Poma attended the first day of jury selection but had not returned until Tuesday, Day 4 of jury selection. The trial is being held at the Middle District of Florida Courthouse, about 2 miles from Pulse.
Hearings take place ahead of trial for Pulse gunman's widow
ORLANDO, Fla. – A court hearing for the widow of the Pulse Nightclub gunman was underway Thursday as part of a series of hearings that will take place throughout the week, just six weeks ahead of her scheduled trial. The judge has not ruled whether Nemo’s testimony will be considered during the trial. The judge has not decided yet whether to consider these pieces of evidence during Salman’s trial. The judge ruled during the hearing that they would admit text messages Salman sent Mateen the night of the attack. The defense is arguing that the messages, which the judge agreed to admit, show Salman was ignorant about the attack.
Federal report sheds new light on OPD's Pulse response
The report outlines the timeline of events for that day, including the minutes on Jun. 12 when Pulse shooter Omar Mateen parked his rented car at the Pro Tint & Detailing shop and began walking toward the nightclub. Read: Pulse Victims RememberedThe report released observations and lessons that the agency should learn from, including the initial response in the six minutes before officers entered the club after the attack began. The report also noted that a greater level of coordination was needed at the scene and across the agencies. Their body armor "did not provide sufficient protection against the .223 caliber rounds fired by the suspect," the report outlines.
Omar Mateen, Pulse nightclub shooter, considered Disney World attack
Federal prosecutors now confirm that Mateen was also considering an attack at the resort’s Disney Springs entertainment district, which was formerly known as Downtown Disney. The government believes Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, assisted her husband in carrying out the terror attack at Pulse nightclub. A News 6 investigation recently revealed an unprecedented surge in outside law enforcement presence at Walt Disney World. The Reedy Creek Improvement District has allocated $5.6 million to pay for off-duty deputies throughout the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. That new budget nearly quadruples the $1.5 million the Disney-controlled government allocated for off-duty deputies annually from 2011 through 2016.