On June 12, 2016, a mass shooting terrorist attack occurred inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. Fifty people died, including the gunman, who was killed by Orlando police after a three-hour standoff. An additional 53 people were injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Alot has been said and investigated about the orlando shooter but here are 10 things you probably do not know abou the terrorist Omar Mateen.
- He was a U.S citizen, born in Unites States and was living in Fort Pierce, Florida 100 miles from Orlando.
- In 2006 and 2007, Mateen worked for seven months as a prison guard for the Florida Department of Corrections; he left the position for an “administrative matter unrelated to misconduct”. Since 2007.
- Mateen held an active firearms license and a security guard license, had passed a psychological test, and had no criminal record.
- At least four regular customers at the nightclub had seen Mateen visit the nightclub on at least a dozen occasions.
- He had afghan roots and his parents were from Afghanistan.
- He was married twice. His ex wife left him after four months; the couple’s divorce became final in July 2011. At the time of the shooting, Mateen was married to his second wife, Noor Zahi Salman, and had a young son.
- Mateen traveled to Saudi Arabia twice in 2011 and 2012 for the Umrah—pilgrimage to Mecca. U.S. and Saudi investigators were unsure whom Mateen met with during the trips or whether they were related to radicalization.
- Mateen’s father, Seddique Mir Mateen, initially said he had seen his son get angry after seeing a gay couple kiss in front of his family at the Bayside Marketplace in Miami months prior to the attack, which he suggested might have been a motivating factor.
- Omar Mateen legally purchased the two guns used in the attack from a shop in Port St. Lucie two weeks before the shooting.
- Mateen became a person of interest to the FBI in May 2013 and July 2014. The 2013 investigation was opened after he made “inflammatory” comments to coworkers about having family connections to al-Qaeda and being a member of Hezbollah. The 2014 investigation was opened after he was linked to Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, an American radical who traveled to Syria and committed a suicide bombing there. Mateen was interviewed three times in connection with the investigations, which were both closed after producing nothing that appeared to warrant further investigation.
Here is the picture of Orlando Mass Shooting Gunman Omar Mateen.
Source: CNN, CBS News, Wikipedia, Msn