The alleged Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen worked for the global security firm G4S.
The company has said it is “shocked and saddened” by the mass murder and is working with law enforcement.
Marteen was also a ‘known quantity’ to federal law enforcement prior to the mass shooting where at least 50 people were killed and 53 injured on Saturday evening at a gay nightclub.
The Independent reports:
Omar Mateen worked with private security group G4S Secure Solutions as a private security officer in Florida. The role requires 28 hours of classroom training by a licensed instructor.
Officials said he had two firearms licenses, a security officer license and a statewide firearms license, all expiring in September 2017.
A statement from G4S, the firm that managed security for the London Olympics in 2012, read: “We are shocked and saddened by the tragic even that occurred at the Orlando nightclub. We can confirm that Omar Mateen had been employed with G4S since Sept 10 2007. We are cooperating fully with all law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, as they conduct their investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends, families, and people affected by this unspeakable tragedy.”
Mateen worked with the company since 2007. It takes on public contracts and has done work with the US government.
Mateen of Port Saint Lucie, Florida was also known to the FBI.
He came to the attention of federal authorities twice prior to being identified as the gunman in the Orlando gay nightclub mass shooting, a senior law enforcement source told The Daily Beast.
The senior law enforcement source reported that Mateen became a person of interest in 2013 and again in 2014.