- Orlando Shooter Was Gay For ISIS (Image: MGN)
- It has now come out that the shooter of the Orlando massacre visited the nightclub Pulse on a regular basis for the past three years.
- Regulars from the Orlando gay night club also say they recognize him from a gay dating app called Jack’d.
- Many of the patrons said that there was always something off about him, most of the time he would drink by himself in the corner and get progressively more vocal as he drank.
- He also threatened a few patrons with a knife at one of his regular trips to the club.
The FBI is investigating reports that Omar Mateen visited Orlando’s Pulse nightclub several times before he killed 49 people there over the weekend, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
One man also said he recognized Mateen from an app used to arrange dates and hookups for gay men, adding a new layer of complexity to the investigation of the worst mass shooting in modern American history. The U.S. official said the FBI would look into that claim as well.
The Orlando Sentinel cited four Pulse regulars who said they had seen the 29-year-old Mateen there before.
“Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” said Ty Smith, who claimed to have seen the gunman at Pulse at least a dozen times.
“We didn’t really talk to him a lot, but I remember him saying things about his dad at times,” Smith added. “He told us he had a wife and child.”
Smith’s husband, Chris Callen, told the Canadian Press that Mateen had been to Pulse regularly for “at least three years.”
Jim Van Horn, 71, told the Associated Press he was a frequent patron at Pulse and said another “regular” there was Mateen.
“He was trying to pick up people. Men,” Van Horn said late Monday outside the Parliament House, another gay club.
Van Horn said he met Mateen once. He said the younger man was telling him about his ex-wife.
“My friends came out from the back and said, ‘Let’s go take pictures on the patio,’, ” Van Horn said. “So I left. And then they told me they didn’t want me talking to him because they thought he was a strange person.”
At around 1 a.m. Sunday, Kevin West was dropping a friend off at Pulse when he saw Mateen crossing the street. West told the Los Angeles Times Mateen had messaged him on and off for the past year using the gay chat and dating app Jack’d.
“He walked directly past me. I said, ‘Hey,’ and he turned and said, ‘Hey,'” West said. “I could tell by the eyes.”
About an hour later, wielding an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, Mateen began a three-hour shooting rampage and hostage siege that ended with a SWAT team killing him. During the attack, he called 911 to profess allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
In contrast, the Wall Street Journal reported that Mateen had expressed anti-gay views that horrified his classmates at Indian River State College, where he received an associate’s degree in 2006. A person who worked at the school during that time said some students would try to “educate” Mateen on his views.
The Journal also reported that Mateen never discussed religion during class.
At Pulse, Smith and Callen told the Canadian Press they had decided to keep their distance from Mateen after an incident during which he pulled out a knife after taking offense to a joke told by one of the couple’s friends.
“He said if [the friend] ever messed with him again,” Callen said, “you know how it’ll turn out.”
Source: Fox News