Mateen originally wanted to attack Disney Springs before Pulse - MRCAESAR.COM


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Mateen originally wanted to attack Disney Springs before Pulse

Mateen intially hoped to attack the Disney resort before settling on the Pulse night club. (JOHN RAOUX/AP)
Pulse gunman Omar Mateen planned to shoot up the heavily populated Disney Springs complex with a rifle hidden in a stroller, not the nightclub where he murdered 49 people.
Federal prosecutors made the revelation as they made closing arguments in the case against Mateen’s widow, Noor Salman, who’s charged with helping him plot out the mass shooting.
“The target of that terrorist attack was not the Pulse nightclub,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney told the jury Wednesday morning. “The target (in) his attack was Disney.”
Mateen planned to sneak his assault-style rifle into the Disney World area with an infant’s stroller, Sweeney said in statements carried by the Orlando Sentinel.
Cops found the stroller and a baby doll in Mateen’s car after he died in a firefight with police at Pulse on June 12, 2016, she said.
The jury saw photos of the doll and stroller,which the prosecutor noted wasn’t suitable for Mateen’s son — who was 3 at the time of the massacre.
It also wasn’t important that Salman didn’t know Mateen backed out of shooting up the park, Sweeney argued.
“She doesn’t have to know that his initial target didn’t work out,” she said.
But Salman, 31, is charged with helping him shoot up Pulse, where he declared his support for ISIS, and helping cover for him afterward.
The jury is expected to begin deliberations Wednesday on Noor’s fate, who faces life in prison if she’s convicted, after an eight-day trial.
Mateen may have been scared off by a heavy presence of Orange County sheriff’s deputies around Disney Springs, prosecutors reportedly said.
Disney Springs, previously branded as “Downtown Disney,” is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex.
Cellphone evidence collected by prosecutors ahead of Salman’s trial put him at the resort on June 12, 2016 — the night he used an assault rifle to shoot up Pulse, the Orlando Sentinel reported.  
Earlier this week, her lawyers requested the case be dismissed or a mistrial declared after receiving information that Mateen’s father acted as an FBI informant during the 11 years leading up to the mass shooting.
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