Omar Mateen graduated from Indian River State College in 2006 with a degree in criminal justice technologies and was a licensed security guard.
The murky picture of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen grew more complex Tuesday with word that the FBI is investigating whether he had been a regular at the gay dance club he attacked and had been leading a secret life as a gay man.
The FBI admitted it had previously investigated the 29-year-old American of Afghan descent, but had cleared him of extremist ties.
Mateen bought at least two firearms legally within a week or so before the attack, according to Trevor Velinor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
A number of possible explanations and motives for the bloodbath have emerged, with Mateen professing allegiance to the Islamic State group in a 911 call during the attack, his ex-wife saying he was mentally ill, and his father suggesting he was driven by hatred of gays.
On Sunday, 49 people died when Mateen opened fire and took hostages at the gay club. After the final bell, the Orlando Gay Chorus sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” a cappella before the crowd joined in to sing the Beatles song “Let It Be”.
The messages were detailed in a letter from the Senate Homeland Security Committee to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking the company to produce information on Mateen’s online activity and to provide a briefing to the panel.
The White House said President Barack Obama will travel Thursday to Orlando “to pay his respects to victims’ families, and to stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery”. But it gave no indication the group planned or knew of the attack beforehand.
Justice Department prosecutors and FBI investigators are now reviewing her account and other evidence to determine whether they can bring charges of misprision of a felony because she allegedly failed to report her knowledge of his general plans to carry out some kind of attack. This is standard protocol as the state and federal investigation is ongoing.
Omar Mateen drove around the Orlando area the night before the nightclub massacre, visiting several places, the mayor said Wednesday as investigators tried to piece together the killer’s movements and zeroed in on how much his wife may have known about the plot.
Clubgoers told local media and MSNBC that Mateen had been using multiple gay apps, including Grindr, with mutual acquaintances to “hook up”.
Scott said the victims of the shooting are “people just like us”, adding: “This was clearly an attack on our gay community, it was an attack on our Hispanic community”.
Authorities refused to comment on reports that Mateen’s wife would face charges over her alleged knowledge of his intentions to carry out an attack, calling any talk of charges “premature” and saying no stone would be left unturned in the probe.
Police have now identified all 49 victims, who ranged in age from 18 to 50. Of the 53 people wounded, 27 remained in hospital Tuesday, with six of them in critical condition, doctors at Orlando Regional Medical Center said. Agents are also interviewing people who had any dealings with him. “When I first heard that the shooter in Orlando might be [gay] I thought to myself, he must have felt such shame”. “It’s something that I think the American public and the Congress has to face and has to address”. “I’m dead”, Colon said.
Thousands gather at a vigil outside of Manhattan’s historic Stonewall Inn. He didn’t answer, the official said.
“Where does this stop? We’re working as diligently as we can on that”. He was regular, we consider that regular because some of us go to a different bar on the weekend.
“We’re not going anywhere, we are here to stay”, the crowd chanted at one point.
The Orlando shooting raised questions about how the United States should respond to the threat of violence from militant Islamists at home and overseas.
Mateen entered the crowded club through a side door with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a handgun.