This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. The assault on Pulse Orlando early Sunday was the deadliest shooting in U. The killer, Florida security guard Omar Mateen, was an alleged homophobe who targeted a beloved refuge for young gays and lesbians. The first seven victims identified by Orlando officials were Hispanic men. The attack reignited U.
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Prosecutors say Noor Salman knew about her husband's plans to attack an Orlando club and did nothing to stop them. He intended to attack Disney World's shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller. Prosecutors reveal that Omar Mateen's father was an FBI informant, according to a motion filed by defense. Gunman Omar Mateen was shot and killed by police after the June attack. Edited courtroom video begins by showing Omar Mateen buying a ticket before walking into Pulse as clubgoers are enjoying last call just before 2 a. Prosecutors say Noor Salman knew about her husband's plan when he left the house on the night of the shooting in Orlando. Jurors heard conflicting portrayals of Noor Salman at the opening of her trial Wednesday.
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Prosecutors revealed the details during their closing arguments in the trial of Noor Salman , the widow of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. Salman, 31, is accused of aiding her husband in the attack that killed 49 people in She is charged with obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization. Attorney Sara Sweeney told jurors. Defense attorneys have described Salman as a simple woman with a low IQ who was abused by her husband, and who didn't know of his plans because he concealed much of his life from her.
O ne was an American private security guard with a history of domestic violence and no known criminal record. The other was a French ex-convict who had served two and half years in prison on a terrorism recruitment charge. The divergent profiles of the people claiming to kill in the name of ISIS underscores how the group embraces a broad spectrum of potential foot soldiers, whether or not they have prior contact with the group or a deep commitment to its ideology.