Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
As the nation continued to mourn and with the grim task of identifying the dead inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub almost complete, authorities on Monday released chilling new details about the standoff and gun battle that ultimately felled mass killer Omar Mateen.
“In the beginning he was a normal being that cared about family, loved to joke, loved to have fun, but then a few months after we were married I saw his instability”, she said.
But his father Mir Siddique, who saw Mateen on Saturday afternoon, said he saw nothing out of the ordinary.
“Right now it’s time to grieve”, he told a press conference. “He would be very peaceful”.
The killer’s ex-wife, Yusufiy, told The Washington Post of the horror of being married to Mateen. Sickness. He was mentally unstable and mentally ill – that’s the only explanation that I could give.
Authorities immediately began investigating whether Sunday’s attack was an act of terrorism. A top US congressman said Mateen may have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.
“My personal opinion is that this has nothing to do with ISIS”, he said.
Mina Justice speaks to a reporter discussing texting with her son Eddie Justice who was in a bathroom at Club Pulse, Sunday June, 12, 2016, in Orlando. “He did practice and he had his faith”, she said, but she didn’t explicitly say that his religious beliefs prompted the shooting.
Two former high school classmates at two different schools remember Omar Mateen saying something to the effect that Osama bin Laden was his uncle.
“My name is Seddique Mateen”. During one episode, a sign in the background read: “Long live the U.S.A!”
Seddique Mateen, whose public records indicate is the father of Omar Mateen, had an occasional television show on a US-based Afghan satellite channel for about three years, and has continued to post political commentaries on his Facebook page as recently as Sunday.
Law enforcement sources earlier told NBC News that Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of ISIS in a 911 call moments before the rampage at Pulse. “But we will never, ever go away”. President Obama and Vice President Biden will also meet with officials to discuss the ongoing situation in Orlando on Monday.
Mateen first came to the FBI’s attention in 2013 after co-workers reported he’d made “inflammatory” comments to them about radical Islamic propaganda. He called those interviews inconclusive. The gunman, identified as Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, told his father he had been disturbed by seeing two men kissing in Miami. They were able to escape the building when police removed the air conditioning unit and crawled out.
The Telegraph reports Mateen worked as a security guard for G4S in Florida since 2007 and he carried a gun while on duty.
Spencer Chandra Herbert, a member of the British Columbia legislature, was in Quesnel, B.C., celebrating the small town’s second annual pride celebration with his husband when he heard the news.
Backers say they are simply modern rifles enjoyed by millions of law-abiding Americans. Mateen also regularly made threats of violence, according to Gilroy.
Roughly four times as many people were killed by knives in that period. “It’s just, I got this feeling”.
Then at 2:08: “I’m gonna die”.