Surveillance cameras inside of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida captured the chaos of the terror attack that left 49 people dead earlier this month. The videos reportedly shows how calculated and ruthless Omar Mateen was in his attack, taking his time to shoot wounded people lying on the ground.
According to a report by the Washington Post:
Surveillance footage from inside the Orlando club the night of the rampage shows Omar Mateen firing at people, stopping and then shooting again those who were already wounded, said officials who have viewed the evidence.
The video suggests “he was making sure anybody who was shot was dead,” said one official, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.
The footage corroborates eyewitness accounts that Mateen quickly shot through a 30-round magazine and then reloaded, proceeding to empty another 30 rounds into the wounded sprawled in front of him.
The video of the attack has become a key piece of evidence as officials piece together what happened in the early morning hours of June 19. The FBI declined to comment.
One of the officials told the Post, “he was making sure anybody who was shot was dead.”
There were apparently surveillance cameras in every major room in the club, so it is likely Mateen’s rampage was captured in great detail.
Mateen murdered 49 people in the attack and left dozens more injured. He was killed in a battle with police after negotiations with him broke down. Mateen called 911 operators and made Facebook posts pledging his allegiance to ISIS before and during the attack. Mateen also texted with his wife during the attack.
The Orlando Police Department has faced some criticism for their handling of the response to the situation as Mateen was left inside the building with defenseless victims for hours despite officers armed with rifles appearing on scene relatively quickly. Also according to the Post:
John W. Mina, the Orlando police chief, said at a news conference Monday that he thinks “there was this misconception that we didn’t do anything for three hours” and emphasized that police officers were continuing to work, an effort that included heading back into the club to rescue people. He declined to say whether officers had inadvertently wounded bystanders in the encounter but said Mateen bore responsibility for what transpired.
“That’s all part of the investigation, but here’s what I will tell you: Those killings are on the suspect and the suspect alone, in my mind,” Mina said.