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Hundreds of 911 Calls During Pulse Shooting Stay Private During FBI Probe

Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hundreds of 911 calls poured in during the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, but only the FBI can make those records public.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the FBI has control of the 911 calls from the June 12 shooting.

Responding to dozens of requests for the phone calls, the Justice Department said the investigation is active and therefore should not yet be released.

Lawyers for news agencies claim there is a “strong public interest in fully evaluating how first responders and police reacted during the most critical phases of this incredible tragedy.”

The city o f Orlando has denied requests at the direction of the FBI.

FBI Abandoned System to Alert Agents When Multiple Gun Purchases Are Made

tsa gunsweek_in_review_0511_0517_2012By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI debated establishing an alert system seven years ago to determine who is making multiple gun purchases.

But the Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI abandoned the idea over legal concerns.

Such an alert system would have tipped off the FBI when the Orlando nightclub shooter made several gun purchases.

Mass shooters often make multiple gun purchases before carrying out a massacre.

The FBI and Justice Department are also considering an alert system to warn investigators when people who were once investigated for terrorism buy firearms.

Congressman Calls for Hearing on FBI’s Response to Florida Nightclub Shooter

Rep. John Mica

Rep. John Mica

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, is demanding to learn more about the FBI’s response to Omar Mateen, the man who opened fire at a nightclub, killing 49 people.

Mica said he wants to know whether the FBI missed clues before the shooting and what the bureau knew about Mateen when he was previously investigated, WFTV reports. 

Mica is calling for a congressional hearing to get those answers.

Mica suggested that the FBI should have done more earlier but didn’t because of political correctness.

Gun Store Owner Says He Alerted FBI to ‘very suspicious’ Orlando Nightclub Shooter

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A little more than a month before Omar Mateen opened fire on an Orland nightclub, the owner of a Florida gun store alerted the FBI to a “very suspicious man” who was trying to buy body armor and bulk ammunition, ABC News reports. 

That man turned out to be Mateen, said Robert Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Fla.

According to Abell, Mateen tried to buy high-end body armor that was not available at the store. Mateen then called someone in a foreign language, hung up and inquired about bulk ammunition.

Abell said he turned Mateen away and called the local FBI office in West Palm Beach.

“We gave them information and everything that took place, and that was the end of the conversation,” he said, adding the FBI never visited the store or investigated further.

But the owner also never had Mateen’s name because he made no purchase, so they didn’t have a lot to go on.

Orlando Night Club Shooter Reportedly Had No Other Targets

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Orland nightclub shooter where Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others was his only target that day, the FBI said.

Federal investigators were following leads that Mateen also wanted to target Disney World, but law enforcement found no such evidence, the USA Today reports. 

The FBI has received help from the 29-year-old security guard’s wife, who reportedly told investigators that she tried to prevent Mateen from carrying out the attack at the gay club.

Now authorities are trying to determine whether the wife, Noor Salman, 30, knew enough about the attack to call authorities. If she did, she may face charges.

“Indeed, we don’t know what charges will be brought, or if charges will be brought,” Bentley said.

Orlando Shooter Was Armed Security Guard for Major Homeland Security Contractor

G4S Secure Solutions

G4S Secure Solutions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About a decade before Omar Mateen opened fire on an Orlando nightclub, killing more than 50 people, he worked for a global security firm that was one of the biggest contractors for the federal government after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mateen began working as a security officer for G4S Secure Solutions in 2007, The Week reports.

The job required Mateen to carry a weapon and obtain a license as a security guard.

“Mateen underwent company screening and background checks when he was recruited in 2007 and the check revealed nothing of concern,” G4S North America CEO John Kenning said in a statement. “His screening was repeated in 2013 with no findings. We were not made aware of any alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities.”

Although Mateen cleared company screenings, G4S reportedly was aware of an FBI investigation targeting Mateen. But the company said it was unaware of “alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities.”

Mateen recently worked as a security guard at a gated community.

FBI Increases Scrutiny of Wife of Orlando Nightclub Shooter

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people inside an Orlando nightclub is facing tough questions from the FBI to determine whether she knew the attack was going to happen.

The Washington Post reports that Noor Z. Salman, 30, went to the club at least once with her husband, Omar Mateen, before the attack.

One federal law enforcement official said Salman accompanied Mateen as “reconnaissance.”

Salman has not been arrested, but the FBI is trying to determine how much she knew about the attack and whether she had advance knowledge.

The FBI also has discovered that Mateen made at least one phone call to an acquaintance during the standoff. Details of that conversation weren’t immediately clear.

FBI Director: Omar Mateen Was Self-Radicalized Lone Wolf with No Help Overseas

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Omar Mateen appears to be a self-radicalized lone wolf who received no help overseas, FBI Director James Comey said.

During the massacre that left more than 50 people dead, Mateen spoke with police dispatchers three times, pledging allegiance to ISIS and praising the Boston Marathon bombers, the New York Post reports. 

“We have seen no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network,” Comey told reporters.

“It is also not entirely clear at this point what terrorist group he inspired to support. Although, he made clear his affinity at the time of the attack for ISIL and generally … for radical Islamist groups.”

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