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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

International security company G4S confirmed in a statement posted on the website that Omar Mateen – the shooter who killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016 in the deadliest mass shooting in American history – was an employee. The full statement from G4S about the Orlando nightclub shootings is below:

G4S plc – Statement on attack in Orlando, Florida

12 June 2016

G4S is deeply shocked by the tragic events in Orlando this weekend and the thoughts of everyone at G4S are with the victims and their families.

Omar Mateen was employed by G4S at a residential community in South Florida and was off-duty at the time of the incident. Mateen was subject to detailed company screening when he was recruited in 2007 and re-screened in 2013 with no adverse findings. He was also subject to checks by a U.S. law enforcement agency with no findings reported to G4S.

G4S is providing its full support to all law enforcement authorities in the USA as they conduct their investigations.

For further enquiries, please contact: 

Media enquiries: 

G4S press office +44 (0) 207 963 3333

G4S is a global integrated security company specializing in security products, services, and solutions. The company is active in more than 110 countries in North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia/Pacific and has over 623,000 employees worldwide. G4S is also the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

According to a timeline of the Orlando nightclub shooting on, the 29-year-old Mateen began firing at more than 300 people in Pulse nightclub with an assault-type rifle and a handgun at approximately 2:00 AM. After a tense standoff and hostage situation, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team members shot and killed Mateen at around 5:00 AM.

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