The Latest: Media groups sue over shooting phone records


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

About two dozen media organizations including The Associated Press, CNN and the New York Times have filed a lawsuit seeking disclosure of city of Orlando phone recordings stemming from the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The lawsuit filed Thursday claims city officials are wrongly withholding recordings of dozens of 911 calls as well as communications between gunman Omar Mateen and the Orlando Police Department. Mateen was killed by police early June 12 after a lengthy standoff in a mass shooting that killed 49 victims.

The lawsuit says there is public interest in understanding how events transpired that night, including the timing and tactics of police.

In its own lawsuit, the city says the FBI doesn’t want the recordings released to protect its investigation.

The FBI released a partial transcript of Mateen’s calls with police.

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1 p.m.

The gunman who went on a rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people, has been buried in South Florida.

A death certificate issued Thursday shows that the body of 29-year-old Omar Mateen was buried at the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida in Hialeah Gardens near Miami.

The certificate doesn’t say when Mateen was buried.

It indicates that Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, provided the Orange County Bureau of Vital Statistics with information to complete the death certificate.

No one answered the phone Thursday at the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida.

The FBI says Mateen opened fire in the crowded Pulse nightclub on June 12. In a 911 call from the club, he pledged solidarity with the Islamic State group. He was killed by police after a three-hour standoff

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12:10 p.m.

The initial shock of living through the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history is subsiding more than 10 days after 49 people were killed at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.

On Thursday, a new assistance center for shooting victims opened, following by an evening street party planned by the Pulse nightclub owner as a way to show the community’s resiliency.

The party will have a Latin theme, since it was “Latin night” at Pulse on June 12, when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire. In addition to those killed, another 53 patrons were wounded.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says the new victim’s assistance center, located about a mile from Pulse, will stay open as long as survivors and family members of victims need help.

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