The Orlando shooter had aspired to be a police officer, but was rejected from the police academy and had claimed he was not accepted because of his Muslim faith, according to a report published Wednesday.
Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, graduated from Indian River Community College in Florida with a degree in criminal justice technology in 2006.
For most of the next decade, Mateen worked for an international security company, G4S Secure Solutions. In 2015, he applied to a police academy at the school.
Mateen was turned away from the program. He responded by filing a formal complaint against the school. School officials did not state the reason for Mateen’s not being accepted, but issued a statement to ABC News Wednesday.