June 13, 2016


Orlando shooter was a would-be cop with history of domestic violence (Nicholas Nehamas, Kyra Gurney, David Ovalle and Julie K. Brown, 6/13/16, Miami Herald)

Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard from Fort Pierce, was on the FBI's radar since at least 2013 when acquaintances _ at least one of them a former law enforcement officer _ warned authorities that he was prone to violence, made unspecified threats and seemed to have radical Islamic ideas.

Mateen, a would-be cop who never made it through the police academy, had no criminal record, but had a history of domestic violence and was investigated by the FBI twice, including two years ago when he was linked to another Fort Pierce man who killed himself in a terrorist bombing in Syria. [...]

Mateen called 911 just prior to the massacre and pledged his allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, and ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack. There was no evidence, however, directly linking him to the radical Islamic group.

The gunman's father, Seddique Mateen, told NBC news that his son's rampage was not motivated by religion, but by homophobia. The elder Mateen said his son had recently visited Miami and became upset after seeing two men kissing in public at Bayside Marketplace. [....]

The imam said Mateen was into bodybuilding and had been training to be a police officer, but didn't make it through the academy. He believed that Omar's father sold life insurance.

Mateen worked security for a private company, G4S, at the PGA Village in Palm Beach County, where he was known for his cursing, diatribes and verbal slurs toward gays and African-Americans, said Gilroy, the former co-worker.

Posted by at June 13, 2016 2:27 PM