Omar Mateen, the gunman who opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning killing 50 people and injuring at least 53 more, was said to have had help pulling off what is now known as the biggest mass shooting in American history.
Law enforcement spoke with WFTV saying they suspect an accomplice to Mateen in the brutal assault would be arrested by Wednesday.
— WFTV Channel 9 (@WFTV) June 13, 2016
They believe the accomplice is in Florida or is linked to the state, according to reports.
As investigations dig further into the details of what led to the Orlando attack, new information continues to surface each day. It’s since been discovered that Mateen worked as a security guard for G4S and had plans to become a law enforcement officer himself. He had been attending Indian River Community College.
A former classmate of Mateen’s claimed he had once asked him out romantically, which led him to believe was gay but not open about it.
‘We went to a few gay bars with him, and I was not out at the time, so I declined his offer,’ he said.
He went on:
‘He just wanted to fit in and no one liked him. He was always socially awkward.’
Ty Smith said he saw Mateen at Pulse before and described his behavior as follows:
‘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.’
Despite many reasons to believe Mateen was gay, his father maintains that he was not.
Seddique Mateen questioned his son’s sexuality in relation to his actions, saying:
‘If he was gay, why would he do something like this?’
Seddique Mateen told CBS News he was saddened by his son’s behavior, especially given that it’s the holy month of Ramadan.
But he went on to condemn homosexuals, saying:
‘God will punish those involved in homosexuality.’
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