Omar Mateen

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Gun Store Owner Says He Warned FBI About Mateen

Video of terror inside Pulse Orlando surfaces

(Newser) - A missed chance? Even without his name on a watch list, Orlando gunman Omar Mateen raised suspicions in at least one gun store in the weeks before he slaughtered 49 people at the Pulse nightclub. Robert Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Fla., tells ABC that a man...

Mateen Ranted on Facebook Hours Before Slaughter
Shooter Ranted on Facebook Hours Before Slaughter

Shooter Ranted on Facebook Hours Before Slaughter

Gunman even searched for posts about Pulse as shooting was underway

(Newser) - Omar Mateen used Facebook before—and even during—the Orlando mass shooting, ranting against the West and searching for posts on the massacre, according to a lawmaker's letter to Mark Zuckerberg. Sen. Ron Johnson, GOP chair of the Homeland Security Committee, quotes posts including: "The real muslims will...

Fla. Shooter May Have Donated Blood to His Own Victims

Omar Mateen had donated blood 2 weeks prior to shooting

(Newser) - On May 29, Omar Mateen donated blood at a OneBlood mobile blood drive. Two weeks later, he opened fire at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, killing dozens and injuring dozens more—and OneBlood provided much of the blood supply used to help the victims, ABC News reports. The donation center confirmed...

TV Producer: Orlando Gunman Called Me

'I will never forget the words he said to me'

(Newser) - Orlando shooter Omar Mateen not only called police during the massacre at Pulse nightclub but also, apparently, a TV station. News 13 producer Matthew Gentili says he was handling the phones just 2 miles from the club around 2:45am Sunday as viewers called in to ask about the shooting...

FBI Faces Tough Questions Over Orlando

Up to 10K terror investigations are still open

(Newser) - The FBI is grappling with the aftermath of what a former Homeland Security counterterrorism coordinator calls one of its "great nightmares: someone they looked at who ultimately goes out and carries out a successful attack." The FBI—which investigated and cleared gunman Omar Mateen twice—also investigated but...

Survivor: Orlando Shooter Wanted to Spare Black Victims

Patience Carter describes 'the worst night of our lives'

(Newser) - In the waning minutes of the massacre at Pulse in Orlando, Omar Mateen stopped shooting to ask, "Are there any black people in here?" 20-year-old survivor Patience Carter tells CBS News . He reportedly added: "I don't have a problem with black people…You guys suffered enough."...

Orlando Shooter's Wife to FBI: I Tried to Talk Him Out of It

Noor Mateen faces charges

(Newser) - Whispers of another person being charged in the Orlando nightclub attack have been circulating, and that person may have been someone very close to him: his own wife. NBC News reports that the FBI is considering charges against Noor Mateen, the second wife of gunman Omar Mateen, because she may...

Gunman Was a Familiar Face at LGBT Club
 Gunman Was 
 a Familiar Face 
 at LGBT Club 

Gunman Was a Familiar Face at LGBT Club

Surviving customers say Mateen was a regular, used gay dating apps

(Newser) - The night that Omar Mateen carried out the deadliest mass shooting in US history was far from his first visit to Orlando's Pulse nightclub, surviving customers say. The Orlando Sentinel spoke to at least four customers who recalled seeing Mateen in the LGBT club. Ty Smith says he had...

Survivors: Gunman Laughed During Orlando Massacre

A mother of 11 died protecting her son

(Newser) - People who made it out of Orlando's Pulse nightclub alive are sharing stories of their horrific experiences. Norman Casiano, 25, tells the New York Times that he huddled in a crammed bathroom stall after shooting erupted. He says gunman Omar Mateen laughed after he entered the room and opened...

FBI Investigated, Cleared Orlando Shooter Twice

Former co-worker says he saw this coming

(Newser) - Omar Mateen, the man believed to be behind the nation's deadliest mass shooting , was no stranger to the FBI. FBI Special Agent Ron Hopper, who runs the agency's Orlando office, says the 29-year-old was investigated—and cleared—twice, the Washington Post reports. In 2013, he was investigated for...

Orlando Victim's Last Messages: 'He's Coming. I'm Gonna Die'

He texted mother while hiding from gunman

(Newser) - A mother whose son was killed in the Orlando, Fla., shooting has shared the terrifying final text messages she received. Mina Justice, who spoke to the AP before her 30-year-old son, Eddie, was confirmed dead, says she was woken up at 2:06am by the messages: "Mommy I love...

As Vigils Dot Nation, Victims' Fund Raises $1M in Hours

A GoFundMe account has raised more than $1.3M

(Newser) - Across the United States, people gathered Sunday night at vigils honoring the victims of a shooting attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded. In Miami Beach, mourners lit candles, embraced, and waved rainbow flags, the AP reports. Members of LGBT groups...

Orlando Shooter's Father Praised Afghan Taliban

Ex-wife says Mateen kept her 'hostage'

(Newser) - The father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen has some fairly extreme political views, though there doesn't appear to be any direct connection to the mass shooting. Seddique Mateen hosts the Durand Jirga Show on California-based Afghan channel Payam-e-Afghan, reports the Washington Post , which notes that in his political...

Orlando Shooter&#39;s Father: Gay Kiss Angered Him
Orlando Shooter's Father: Gay Kiss Angered Him

Orlando Shooter's Father: Gay Kiss Angered Him

Omar Mateen apparently called 911, pledged allegiance to ISIS

(Newser) - Mere hours after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, the father of the man accused of killing at least 50 at the Pulse Orlando gay club says he was unaware of what his son was plotting—and that 29-year-old Omar Mateen might have been motivated by seeing two...

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