10 Facts About The Orlando Shooter, Omaar Mateen

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-06-13 09:30:00.0Category:  Crime
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  1. Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S.-born citizen, in the midst of the attack Mateen called 911 and pledged his allegiance to ISIS, according to two law enforcement officials. Although, ISIS supporters have cheered the massacre online and an ISIS propaganda group claimed, citing a "source," that the shooter was an ISIS "fighter." But there’s no evidence ISIS directed or had prior knowledge of the attack, terrorism observers told ABC News. He is a registered democrat.

  2. During Mateen's 911, he also made reference to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, officials said.

  3. Mateen was "on the radar" of U.S. security officials for some time but was not the target of a specific investigation, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

  4. FBI Special Agent in Charge Ronald Hopper said today that the FBI had taken an interest in Mateen twice: first in 2013 after he made "inflammatory" comments to co-workers and then again the next year after he was linked to another U.S. radical who became a suicide bomber in Syria.

  5. Mateen was interviewed by investigators three times in relation to the probes but, in both cases, the FBI determined Mateen was not a threat and closed the investigations, Hopper said.

  6. Mateen, whose parents are from Afghanistan, was born in New York but lived in an apartment in Fort Pierce, Florida, more than 100 miles from Orlando.

  7. Officials said Mateen had two firearms licenses -- a security officer license and a statewide firearms license -– both set to expire in September 2017. Mateen worked for the security firm G4S since 2007, the company said, adding that it is cooperating fully with law enforcement.

  8. Public records show Mateen was divorced in 2011 and his ex-wife said today he was violent, mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly when they were married.

  9. He later remarried and appears to have a young son with his new wife.

    PHOTO: Orlando shooting suspect Omar Mateen is pictured with his wife, Noor Zahi Salman, and their son in an undated Facebook photo.

  10. His father once tried to run for the Afghan Presidency and he supported the Taliban.  Mateen was born in NY to a father who was heavily involved in Afghan politics.

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