Orlando terrorist Mateen frequented Pulse nightclub, used gay dating app prior to attack

Orlando terrorist Mateen frequented Pulse nightclub, used gay dating app prior to attack
Omar Mateen (Image via My Space)

[Ed. – We can hope the coming days will clarify whether he was merely doing reconnaissance of an intended target, or perhaps was a conflicted guy with gay urges.  Or both.  On the other hand, I’m not sure how much that matters.  From every practical standpoint, what matters more is the list of ways in which counterterrorism agencies could have seen this guy coming.]

At least four regular customers at the Orlando gay nightclub where a gunman killed 49 people said Monday that they had seen Omar Mateen there before.

“Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” Ty Smith said.

More details emerged Monday about the 29-year-old gunman and what he did in the days leading up to the massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

He was at Walt Disney World in April, said a Disney manager who requested anonymity.

FBI Director James Comey said his agency was trying to nail down that report and the possibility that Mateen was scouting the amusement park as a potential target, the Associated Press reported. …

Late Monday came word that Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, was not cooperating with authorities, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Investigators want to ask if she knew about his plans in advance or helped him scout out targets.

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