Editor’s Note: A gay man who was being haggled and watched by FBI informants somehow becomes an ISIS sympathizer who mass murders gays. Something fishy going on here.
In the wake of Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in downtown Orlando, numerous sources are reporting that Omar Mateen, the gunman who proclaimed allegiance with ISIS before taking his own life, may have been gay himself.
Several people who had known Mateen—a classmate of his, a drag queen who’d befriended him, a man who met him online, even regulars at Pulse—told multiple media outlets that the 29-year-old, divorced man had used gay dating apps, frequented gay clubs by himself, and may have once asked a man out.
At least four regular customers told the Orlando Sentinel that they had seen Mateen at Pulse before, with one saying that he was often alone. “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,” said Ty Smith, adding that Mateen once told him that he had a wife and child.
Another Pulse regular, Kevin West, said that he’d run into Mateen on the gay dating app Jack’d, where they sporadically chatted for nearly a year, but never met in person until early Sunday morning, when West saw Mateen outside of the nightclub prior to the shooting. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, West said that he had gone to the police immediately after seeing photos of Mateen. “I said, ‘That’s him,’” West recounted, and immediately turned his phone over to the F.B.I.
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