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Friendly Fire Questioned as Cause of Some Pulse Nightclub Deaths

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Written by Richard Hack

Orlando police and SWAT team are now in the cross-hairs of the FBI who is investigating the trajectory of the gunfire that killed 49 victims at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Evidence response technicians have remained at Pulse for days since the shoot to intricately map the crime scene and try to determine precisely how the bullets moved as they analyze the trajectory of the gunfire.

After US Attorney General Loretta Lynch attended meetings with Federal investigators, she announced that, “We don’t know right now the trajectory of all the bullets … and how all of the victims died,” she said. “We haven’t finished that assessment.”

Shooter at club earlier in evening

At the same meeting, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings revealed news that the shooter, Omar Mateen, had actually been at the club earlier in the evening only to return later to begin this massacre of the mostly Latino crowd. Demings was unable to say that he did not know details, such as when Mateen departed or when he returned.

Application to carry a weapon forged

In other shocking revelations, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said it had begun an internal investigation into irregularities in Omaar Mateen’s application to receive a license to carry a firearm as a security guard.

It is now alleged that G4S, the world’s largest security company, submitted a signed and notorized form  in 2007 claiming that Mateen has passed a psychological evaluation that found him to be “mentally and emotionally stable.”

The problem is that the psychologist listed on the form, Dr. Carol Nudelman, never interviewed Mateen. In fact, Dr. Nudelman had moved her entire practice out of Florida by September 6, 2007, the date that Mateen supposedly passed the test.

G4S says that it was a “clerical error” and the Mateen was supposedly tested on that date but by an unknown psychologist.

The company said Mateen passed the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-II, a standard psychological test administered to prospective law enforcement officers.

On June 13, the Monday  after the massacre, the Florida agency chief, Adam Putnam, held a news conference in Tallahassee, during which he informed reporters that Mateen had passed every legally required background check, including a psychological evaluation. The form was signed by a company manager, directly under the disclosure “This document is executed under oath. Falsification or misrepresentation subjects the person completing the document to criminal prosecution under section 837.06, Florida statutes.”

The form submitted by G4S allowed Mateen to obtain a temporary Class G license, one that is required for security guards to carry firearms. Mateen went on a shooting rampage June 12 at the gay nightclub Pulse, killing 49 people andwounding 53.

No one claims the license played any role in helping him commit the murders. Mateen obtained the weapons a few days before the massacres, buying them from a St. Lucie County gun shop, as could anyone with a clean criminal record.

Mateen came to G4S a few months after being dismissed from the training program of the Florida Department of Corrections. His discharge came after he mentioned to a classmate that he might bring a gun to school. The classmate reported the remark on April 23, 2007, just aweek after the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a student shot 32 people to death and wounded 17.

Wife missing

Mateen’s 30-year-old wife, Noor Salman, has been allowed to flee the state; possibly the country.  The subject of an on-going Grand Jury investigation concerning her involvement with the mass killer, Salman was recently added to Mateen’s  life-insurance policy and given access to his bank accounts, CNN reported on Friday, citing unidentified law-enforcement sources.

Salman had been living with Mateen’s father, Seddique. On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, he told reporters outside of his Fort Pierce, Florida, that she was no longer there.

Public records list her most recent address — presumably where she lived with Mateen after they married in 2013 — as a 15-minute drive from his father’s home in Fort Pierce.

Under intense questioning, Seddique said that he would not reveal her whereabouts.