ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando nightclub shooter intended to attack Disney Worlds shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller, but was scared by the police and instead chose the gay club as its target, prosecutor said Wednesday. The prosecutors revealed the details during their closing arguments in the trial ofthe widow of the Pulse night shooter Omar Mateen. Salman, 31, is accused of helping her husband in the attack that killed 49 people in 2016. She is accused of having disabled and materially supported a terrorist organization.
"The defendant's steps do not have to equal her husband," Deputy US Attorney Sara Sweeney told the jury.
Defense lawyers have described Salman as a simple low-IQ woman abused by her husband who did not know his plans because he hid much of his life from her. They will present their final arguments later on Wednesday.
Sweeney said that Salman did not know that Mateen went to Pulse nightclub on the night of the attack. She thought he was in Disney World. The two had visited Disney in the days before the attack, according to one of their statements to federal authorities.
"The target of this terrorist attack was not the Pulse nightclub," Sweeney said. "The target of the attack was Disney."
Sweeney showed a video of the Disney Springs complex that captured Mateen in the hours before the Pulse attack near the House of Blues club. In it he sees policemen standing nearby.
"He had to choose a new destination," she said.
Sweeney told Salman "knowingly misleading behavior" when talking to the FBI in the hours following the attack.
The prosecutor said she claimed that her husband did not use the Internet at home, but he did. She also told the investigators that Mateen had disabled his Facebook account in 201
Mateen, who swore allegiance to IS, was killed by the police in the hours following the shootings.
Sweeney also said that Mateen had bought a stroller and a doll in Walmart on June 11, the day before the attack, and had a plan to hide a gun in the stroller while going to Disney. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…=view&id=167 During the month, prosecutors had shown the video of the jury 's shots during Salman' s trial as a timeline. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…=view&id=167 firmly laid. Prosecutors told the court that they had shown the video to the judges because they believe it is the clearest proof that they point to Salman for supporting her husband in a terrorist attack, Michelle Miller of CBS News reports.
The edited courtroom video begins by showing Matenen buying a ticket before entering Pulse while clubbers enjoy the last call. It is just before 2am, Mateen is leaving the building. He returns less than 10 minutes later and almost immediately opens the main body of the club with his semi-automatic rifle.
After several shots, he heads for the back of the club and fires again, methodically picking up the guests, some dive to the floor, others just fall over each other. He seems to shoot some victims if they have already fallen.
At one point Mateen dropped a used clip and reloaded. As he swings back and forth between the rooms, he fires on and then heads for the bathroom, where people are watching in covert video on mobile video.
At 2:07, about six minutes after he started firing, the police entered the building with weapons drawn. As they search for Mateen, they are stumbled over the victims and evacuated as many as possible who are still alive.
At 2:37, survivors can be seen as they climb out of the building as law enforcement continues to enter the club.
The video shows the police who busy Mateen, but it does not show his last moments. He was found dead more than three hours after the shooting started.