Two Orlando-area hospitals are waiving the medical bills of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, praising the community response and saying they want to contribute.
More than 50 people were wounded in the June 12 attack on the Florida gay nightclub, and 49 people died.
Orlando Regional Medical Center has treated 44 victims of the shooting — more than any other hospital. The center’s parent company, Orlando Health, says it will not charge victims for their treatment, reports Abe Aboraya of member station WMFE.
“Instead, the hospital will look at federal and state funds, victims’ funds like the One Orlando fund, and private funds raised for victims,” Aboraya reports for our Newscast unit. “The hospital will bill insurance if a patient has it, but it will not go after a patient’s copays.
“The same goes for the nine patients who came to the hospital and died,” he says.
The hospital expects about $5 million in unreimbursed costs. NPR
The references to Allah in the transcript were changed to “God.”
The FBI reversed direction Monday and released the full transcript of the 911 call Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen made while in the midst of shooting-up the Pulse nightclub.
Just hours after FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper had said he didn’t want to “give credence to to individuals who have done terrorist acts in the past,” the feds did an about face at about 3 p.m. ET and released the unredacted text.
In it, both Mateen and the ISIS leader to whom he pledged allegiance, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, are named.
“Unfortunately, the unreleased portions of the transcript that named the terrorist organizations and leaders have caused an unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime,” the statement read.
“As much of this information had been previously reported, we have re-issued the complete transcript to include these references in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.”
The change of heart came after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and other critics of the Obama Administration called the FBI’s decision to redact the transcript of Mateen’s call to the dispatchers “preposterous.” NBCNews
Psychologist, Dr Carol Nudelman, said she didn’t evaluate Orlando shooter Omar Mateen for his position at security firm G4S in 2007. G4S officials called the discrepancy a ‘clerical error’ and said Mateen had been evaluated, but by a different psychologist. DailyMail
Did G4S falsify the records and skimp on the psych-evaluation and perhaps background checks to save money? G4S hired Omar Mateen who was ‘involuntarily dismissed‘ from a prison corrections officer training program in 2007.
A doctor who is listed on the psychological evaluation for Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, said she did not see him and she was not even living in Florida at the time when G4S security firm ordered the evaluation.
Psychologist, Dr Carol Nudelman, who now lives in Colorado, said in a statement released through her attorneys to the Miami Herald that she never evaluated Mateen nine years ago for G4S, a security firm that was known as Wackenhut at the time.
However, Nudelman’s name appears on the document in Florida’s state records, which cleared Mateen to carry a firearm as a private security guard. DailyMail
Posters have appeared in West Hollywood, California featuring a gay version of the Gadsden Flag.
Gun sales are surging after the terror attack in Orlando, FL but this time there are also more gays and lesbians buying guns.
However, what’s different this time around is the clientele. Mike Smith, a firearms instructor in Colorado Springs, is one of many closely tracking the sudden surge in gays and lesbians buying weapons.
“I think right now because of what happened, people are looking for answers,” he said. “You walk into a gun shop and you expect to see people, frankly, who look like me. I think we forget we’re a country of all people, not just people who fit that predetermined mold.” FoxDenver
The Pink Pistol, a gay and lesbian centered shooting club increased membership from having about 1,500 members Saturday to 3,500 after the terror attack in Orlando.
Pink Pistols speaker Gwendolyn Patton: “Let us not reach for the low-hanging fruit of blaming the killer’s guns. Let us stay focused on the fact that someone hated gay people so much they were ready to kill or injure so many. A human being did this. The human being’s tools are unimportant when compared to the bleakness of that person’s soul.”
“I say again, GUNS did not do this. A human being did this, a dead human being. Our job now is not to demonize the man’s tools, but to condemn his acts and work to prevent such acts in the future.” Pink Pistols
Senator Ted Cruz: “This is political distraction; this is political gamesmanship and I think the American people find it ridiculous.”
“In response to an ISIS terror attack the Democrats go on high dungeon that we’ve got to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, this is not a gun control issue this is a terrorism issue.”
Omar Mateen called 911 and swore allegiance to the leader of Islamic State shortly before the massacre, according to law enforcement officials…
During the attack, Mateen referenced the brothers who carried out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a Massachusetts State Police spokesman said on Sunday. DailyMail
Omar Mateen, the 29 year-old Muslim born in New York to Afghan parents pledged allegiance to ISIS and opened fire early Sunday morning in a packed Orlando gay nightclub, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53 more in a bloody scene that ended hours later when police stormed the building and killed the shooter. This is the worst mass shooting in recent US history and the worst terror attack in America since 9/11.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack Sunday afternoon via its Amaq news agency, Time reported.
In a press conference, an FBI spokesman says the agency first interviewed Omar Mateen in 2013 after he made “inflammatory remarks” to a colleague. The investigation was closed.
He added that the FBI had interviewed Mateen again in 2014 about a potential connection with suicide bomber Moner Abu Salha. BBC
Rubio: “the new face of the war on terror.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said attackers like the shooter in the Orlando massacre are “the new face of the war on terror.”
“They have said openly that they intend to target us here, and one of the hardest parts of this war is the individual who carries out an attack by themselves in a soft target like this, basically, in Orlando, Florida,” Rubio said in a phone interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
“And it’s a reminder that the war on terror has evolved into something we’ve never had to confront before — individuals capable of conducting these sorts of massacres unexpectedly in places that you normally wouldn’t associate with the kinds of attacks that you see,” he said. MyFox8
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement on the horrific shooting in Orlando.
“I am devastated by this heartbreaking act of terrorism in Orlando. Jeanette and I join all Floridians and all Americans in grieving for those who lost their lives and praying for those who were injured in this senseless act of hatred, violence and terror.
“I want to thank the heroic police officers and first responders who prevented further loss of life, including the officer at the nightclub who first engaged the shooter. I would also like to encourage anyone living in Central Florida to donate blood to help the injured.
“As local, state and federal authorities investigate the perpetrator of this attack, my Senate office and I stand ready to assist – both by making sure the full weight of the federal government is used to hold anyone responsible for this incident to account, and also with any constituent service needs that arise for the impacted families.
“Confronting the threat of violent homegrown ?radicalization is one of the greatest counterterrorism challenges our law enforcement and intelligence community faces. ?We must do more at every level of government and within our own communities to identify and mitigate this cancer on our free society and prevent further loss of innocent life.”