Several family members of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando retained a personal injury lawyer to represent them. On Wednesday, the group filed a lawsuit in a South Florida Federal Court against the gunman’s wife and employer, claiming they had the opportunity to stop Omar Mateen before he committed the horrible attack. The group consists of more than four dozen survivors and family members.
The attack committed by Mateen on June 12, 2016, at the LGBTQ nightclub is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killing forty-nine people and injuring dozens more. According to the Associated Press, representing Attorney, Antonio Romanucci addressed the cause for suit against Mateen’s employer. According to Romanucci, the international security company named G4S had knowledge of Mateen’s mental instability yet they allowed him to still carry a gun.
“Mateen gave out so many warnings that someone should have reined this guy in,” Romanucci said. “They should have said, ‘You are not stable. You shouldn’t have a weapon.'”
GS4 is the world’s largest international security company. The main headquarters is located in Britain but its U.S. subsidiary, G4S Security Solutions, is based in Jupiter, Florida.
“The evidence we’ve seen clearly shows there were multiple warning signs before the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting, and we believe those named in this complaint — the employer of Omar Mateen and his wife — could have and should have taken steps to prevent this senseless act of violence,” Romanucci said. Per the Orlando Sentinel.
Romanucci also believes Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, had knowledge that her husband would carry out the killings. Salman, who is currently in jail facing federal charges of aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice, has pleaded not guilty to the crimes. Prosecutors believe Salman accompanied Mateen and assisted him while scoping out locations for potential terrorist attacks.
“Rather than warn authorities, she kept it a secret and acted as his accomplice,” Romanucci told the Associated Press. Salman was arrested in January and charged with aiding and abetting her husband, nearly seven months after the attack.
According to the suit, G4S failed to comply with their internal protocol by not reporting changes in Mateen’s behavior and overall mental health. The suit also claims Mateen made several troubling statements to his coworkers. Even after the security company was informed by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department of Mateen’s conduct and called for his immediate and permanent removal, they still failed to act. Despite all of the alleged negligence, G4S is sticking to their innocence.
G4S said in a statement responding to the lawsuit, “G4S intends to vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit, which it considers to be wholly without merit.”
According to FindLaw: “Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. A personal injury case can become formalized through civil court proceedings that seek to find others legally at fault through a court judgment or, as is much more common, such disputes may be resolved through informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed.”