It was only seven months ago that Omar Mateen walked into the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL and opened fire, becoming one of the worst mass shootings in United States history. In the wake of this horrific attack, there are still many unanswered questions about the events that took place that night, but the investigation is still underway.
On January 17, 2017, CNN reported that the widow of Mateen, Noor Salaman, had been taken into police custody. She is now facing federal charges including the obstruction of justice and the possibility that she had known about Mateen’s plans for the attack.
In addition to these latest developments in the case, the FBI has also made the decision to release over 400 photographs inside and outside of Pulse Nightclub taken eight days after the shooting had occurred. These photos give us only a glimpse into the sheer horror that took place on the night of June 12, 2016.
It’s a sunny day in Orlando, but inside of the Pulse Nightclub, it’s a proverbial war zone.
Bullet holes riddled the walls of the restroom where many had attempted to take cover from the carnage that had been unfolding all around them.
And there are telltale signs that many who had been hiding in those very restrooms did not make it out of there alive.
Around the bar where patrons had been gathered with friends there are signs of many who had attempted to flee, while others weren’t as lucky.
Officers exchanged fire with Mateen, eventually resorting to controlled explosives in order to blast into the club. During the exchange, two officers were shot. If it had not been for their kevlar helmets they would have joined the 49 others who perished in the shootout.
By the time officers were able to get inside the building Mateen was dead, and with him died the answers to the many burning questions we still have about the attack that night. With the continued investigation into this case, it appears that we may finally have some pieces of the puzzle and hopefully with the arrest of Salaman we will finally come to know why a human being would set out to destroy so many lives.