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|5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by Obas101(m): 8:53am On Jun 14, 2016|
Omar Mir Seddique Mateen has been named as the gunman who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida,
The gunman was later killed by police after taking hostages at the LGBT club. The shooting, carried out with an AR-15 rifle and a handgun, is the deadliest in American history.
He pledged allegiance to ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, before the shooting, according to Congressman Adam Schiff, D-California.
Mateen, 29, is a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent from Port St. Lucie, Florida, according to CBS News. He has ties to radical Islamic ideology, CBS reports. His name was confirmed by Congressman Alan Grayson at a press conference.
1. He Was a Security Officer With a Gun License Whose Father Once Tried to Run for the Afghan Presidency & Supported the Taliban
Both of Mateen’s parents are originally from Afghanistan,
Mateen was born in New York. His father, Seddique Mateen, who has also been called Mir Seddique, once tried to run for the Afghan presidency and was heavily involved in politics, according to his Facbeook page, which includes photos inside a U.S. State Department office. He has also spoken out against the Pakistani government, and supported the Taliban.
“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up,” he said in one YouTube video, according to the Washington Post. “Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.”
2. Mateen Called 911 & Pledged His Allegiance to the ISIS Leader
Omar Mateen called 911 just before the shooting and pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, NBC News reports.
He also mentioned the Tsarnaev brothers, who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing, during the call, CBS News reports.
ISIS issued a statement calling Mateen an “Islamic state fighter.
Congressman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said in a press release that the attack appears to be an “ISIS-inspired act of terrorism.”
He said Mateen declared his allegiance to ISIS before the assault, according to local law enforcement. Schiff is the ranking member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and said he received a preliminary briefing on the attack.
“This attack is so painfully reminiscent of the terrible attack at the Batlaclan Theatre in Paris, and other ISIS-inspired attacks in recent years,” Schiff said. “The fact that this shooting took place during Ramadan and that ISIS leadership in Raqqa has been urging attacks during this time, that the target was an LGBT night club during Pride … Whether this attack was also ISIS-directed, remains to be determined.”
3. He Exchanged Fire With a Police Officer Outside the Club Before Going Inside & Taking Hostages
The gunman, Omar Mateen, was engaged in a shootout with police outside the night club at about 2 a.m., police said at a press conference. Mateen then entered the night club and took hostages.
“The officer engaged in a gun battle with that suspect. The suspect at some point went back inside the club and more shots were fired. This did turn into a hostage situation,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference.
Mateen was armed with an “assault-type” rifle, a handgun and a “suspicious device,” authorities said.
4.His Ex-Wife Says Mateen Beat Her & She Was Rescued From Their Marriage After Only a Few Months
Mateen was married in 2009 to woman from New Jersey, Sitora Yusufiy, public records show. They divorced in 2011. Yusufiy told Heavy.com that she was rescued from the relationship by her family after just a few months, but the divorce took several years to be formally completed.
Yusufiy told the Washington Post Mateen was abusive.
“He was not a stable person,” she told the Post. “He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”
She said they met online and he “seemed like a normal human being,” but was “very private.” She said he wasn’t very religious and worked as a guard at a facility for juvenile delinquents.
But when he became abusive, her father flew down to Florida and pulled her out of the house. She said her parents saved her life.
Mateen had a 3-year-old son with his second wife, Noor Zahi Salman, 30. He has been married to her since at least 2013, according to public records.
His father said that Mateen was angered because he saw two men kissing in front of his young son, NBC News reports.
5. He Was Killed by a SWAT Team in an Effort to Rescue Hostages
Mateen died at the scene after he was shot by police at about 5 a.m.. He had barricaded himself in the nightclub after opening fire. Witnesses reported that some of their friends were hiding in dressing rooms and bathrooms, trying to stay safe.
A video from the scene appears to show the moment the SWAT team engaged in a final gun battle with the suspect:
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by madridguy(m): 8:58am On Jun 14, 2016|
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by Purpletee(f): 9:18am On Jun 14, 2016|
ok..rip to the dead
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by SuperSuave(m): 9:19am On Jun 14, 2016|
SWAT and FBI?! I fear them inside GTA sef
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by khristals(m): 9:23am On Jun 14, 2016|
when he is sitting on an electric chair let me know
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by Ofemmanu1: 9:36am On Jun 14, 2016|
Na dem mofo peace religion pple, na dem. Even in ramadan, theyre still mofo.
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by Obas101(m): 10:22am On Jun 14, 2016|
he is dead already, he was killed that same day
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by yasolan(m): 10:25am On Jun 14, 2016|
Its a pity the dead cannot defend himself..all these accusations
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by Obas101(m): 10:26am On Jun 14, 2016|
Ofemmanu1:pls keep that thought to yourself.
|Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About Omar Mateen, Orlando Gay Club Shooter by Nobody: 10:26am On Jun 14, 2016|
Omar Mateen Was A Muslim
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