Orlando Nightclub Shooter Omar Mateen Pledged His Allegiance To ISIS
29-year-old Omar Mateen has been identified as the suspect in the tragic overnight shooting at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
50 people were killed and 53 were injured in what President Obama has called “the most deadly shooting in American history.”
According to ABC News, Mateen called 911 in the midst of the attack to pledge his allegiance to ISIS.
Via ABC News:
During Mateen’s 911, he also made reference to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, officials said.
Mateen was “on the radar” of U.S. security officials for some time but was not the target of a specific investigation, law enforcement officials told ABC News.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Ronald Hopper said today that the FBI had taken an interest in Mateen twice — once in 2013 after he made “inflammatory” comments to co-workers and then again the next year after he was linked to another U.S. radical who became a suicide bomber in Syria.
Mateen was interviewed by investigators three times in relation to the probes but, in both cases, Hopper said, the FBI determined Mateen was not a threat and closed the investigations.
He was not under investigation or surveillance at the time of the shooting, Hopper said.
Mateen, whose parents are from Afghanistan, was born in New York but lived in an apartment in Fort Pierce, Florida, more than 100 miles from Orlando, officials said. Officials said today he purchased two weapons, a handgun and “long gun,” just in the last few days. Law enforcement sources said the weapons used the attacker were a Glock 17 handgun and an AR-style semi-automatic rifle.
Public records show Mateen was divorced in 2011 and his ex-wife said today he was violent, mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly when they were married. The woman said she met Mateen online about eight years ago and moved to Florida to marry him, as first reported by The Washington Post.
“He was not a stable person,” the ex-wife said, according to the Post. “He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”
Officials said Mateen had two firearms licenses — a security officer license and a statewide firearms license – both set to expire in September 2017. Mateen worked for the security firm G4S since 2007, the company said, adding that it is cooperating fully with law enforcement.