The gunman who killed dozens of people at a gay nightclub in Orlando gave blood to a donation center that provided much of the supply later used to help save injured club patrons.
The OneBlood donation center confirmed today that Omar Mateen donated blood last month. In a statement, officials from the center said an employee recognized Mateen from a mobile blood drive.
“OneBlood has learned that Omar Mateen donated blood at a mobile blood drive in Ft. Pierce, Florida, on May 29,” OneBlood vice president Susan Forbes said in a statement to ABC News. “All facets of the donation were in our normal parameters for blood donation, including screening questions and post-donation blood testing. A staff member recognized Mateen’s face from media photos and told their supervisor.”
Forbes said staffers confirmed Mateen’s donation from the center’s database and then informed law enforcement. OneBlood did not disclose whether his donated blood was used. In most cases, donated blood can be used for up to 42 days after donation.
The center became a focal point after the shootings as hundreds of people lined up to donate blood in the hope of helping victims.