The FBI has stated that Omar Mateen, the man who massacred 50 people at an Orlando gay club on June 12, has been a terror suspect since 2013. Click through for the chilling details.
Omar Mateen, 29, has been on the FBI’s radar since 2013, the agency revealed on June 12, in the hours following his horrific massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Omar, who fatally shot 50 individuals at the gay nightclub and injured 53 others, had been investigated on and off by the FBI for possible terrorist ties.
The FBI is apparently very familiar with the man who shot up the gay nightclub. Omar was first investigated by the FBI in 2013, according to agent Ronald Hopper, for making “inflammatory comments to coworkers.” It’s unclear what he said, though it was alarming enough to suspect him of terrorism. Omar was interviewed by the FBI twice over the incident.
That investigation closed because the FBI could not connect him to any specific terroristic threats. But Omar was back under investigation in 2014 after the FBI determined he had ties to an American suicide bomber. He was interviewed by the agency again, but that investigation was closed after they determined he had “minimal contact” with the individual.
Despite his storied history with the FBI, Omar was not on a terrorist watch list. In this week leading up to the shooting, he made two legal firearm purchases, according to Agent Hopper; in a press conference on the morning of June 12, Orlando police chief John Mina stated that the gunman had several weapons on him.
Agent Hopper confirmed that Omar called 911 before he opened fire at Pulse, and pledged allegiance to ISIS. Since then, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the vicious attack that claimed so many innocent lives.
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