Dozens of surviving victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, along with families of those who died, filed suit Wednesday against the shooter’s wife and his former employer, saying they knew he was mentally unstable and potentially violent. Victims and their family members gave emotional comments in a news conference Wednesday in Orlando announcing the suit, reports the city’s Sentinel. Each expressed outrage that people apparently knew the shooter, Omar Mateen, was unhinged and threatening violence. Attorneys said they hope the lawsuit becomes a platform for more discussion about preventing terror attacks.
The suit, filed in federal court in Fort Pierce, Fla., seeks unspecified compensation for victims and their families, including medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and possible other awards to be determined later. It alleges that the G4S security firm, where Mateen had worked for several years, knew he was mentally unstable and a violent threat before the shooting. Despite that, the suit alleges, the company maintained its stance that Mateen was psychologically sound and fit to carry a firearm on the job as a security agent. Mateen killed 49 people and injured at least 68 in the June 12 shooting. He was killed by police. His wife, Noor Salman, was charged in January with aiding and abetting her husband.