Orlando gunman passed psych exam for security guard job

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen passed a psychological evaluation in 2007 as part of his application to be a private security guard.

Florida records show Mateen was determined to be mentally and emotionally stable in September 2007 so he could work for The Wackenhut Corp., later renamed G4S Secure Solutions. The records state he took a written psychological test or had an evaluation by a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Mateen also stated in his 2007 firearm application that he neither had been diagnosed with a mental illness nor had a history of alcohol or substance abuse.

The documents were obtained by The Associated Press under open records laws. They are part of paperwork he filed to the state agency that issues firearms and security officer licenses.

The families of the 49 victims who died and survivors of the nightclub shooting can now turn to a victims’ assistance center to get death certificates and retrieve cars they have been unable to get to because the area is a crime scene.

The assistance center opened Wednesday at the Camping World Stadium, previously known as the Citrus Bowl.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs say the center will provide grief counseling, legal information, funeral-arrangement assistance, translators and help with the tansportation needs of the survivors and their families.

Dyer says they have use of the entire stadium and can accommodate as many people as needed.