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Some Pulse Nightclub Patrons Upset at Not Getting Funds After Mass Shooting

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    Those standing outside at the time of the shooting aren't eligible for the money raised, and that has some upset.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017)

    Some patrons of Florida's Pulse nightclub are upset they aren't receiving money from a $29.5 million victims' compensation fund since they were outside the club when a mass shooting began.

    In one email sent to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, a patron says he and his boyfriend were in the valet area outside the gay nightclub when a gunman began shooting last June 12 at the entrance.

    The patron says both were traumatized but aren't getting compensation because of eligibility standards that require a patron to have been inside the club during the shooting to receive money.

    That email and others were obtained through a public records request.

    Omar Mateen was killed by police after opening fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 in a rampage that left 49 victims dead and 53 wounded, making it the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mateen professed allegiance to the Islamic State group.