Orlando Shooting Suspect Identified As Omar Mateen, Registered Democrat Of Afghan Descent; Pledged Allegiance To ISIS

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Update: 16:24 ET: After the FBI dismissed their 2013 and 2014 interviews with Orlando shooter Omar Mateen as "inconclusive," the Bureau interviewed him again later about his contacts with Moner Mohammad Abusalha, the first US citizen to carry out a suicide bombing in Syria, the AFP has reported. "We determined the contact was minimal and did not constitute a substantive relationship or a threat at that time," FBI Special Agent Ronald Hopper told reporters. In retrospect, it appears to have been more more than just minimal.

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Update 15:50 ET: Accoding to an FBI official, Omar Mateen was acting alone, adding during a press briefing that the investigators are not looking for any second suspect.


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Update: 15:34 ET: During a press briefing, an FBI official confirmed that Mateen called 911 and “stated his allegiance to Islamic State.” He added that the FBI first became aware of Mateen in 2013, when he made derogatory and inflammatory comments to his co-workers, alleging possible terrorist ties, an FBI official told journalists during the briefing. The FBI interviewed him twice in 2013 but was unable to verify the substance of his comments. Mateen was then once again questioned by the FBI in 2014 about his possible connections to a known US terrorist suicide bomber, the official said, adding that the questioning revealed that their contacts were minimal and Mateen had not been considered a threat.

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Update 15:30 ET: According to the Orlando Police and federal officials, Mateen legally bought two guns last week, federal officials said. The suspect "purchased a handgun and a long rifle within the last few days," Trevor Velinor, assistant special agent in charge at the ATF Tampa Field Division, told reporters at a briefing.

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Update 13:32 ET: Omar Mateen, who several years ago changed his name from just Omar Mir Seddique and added the Mateen part to his official name, is now said to have pledged allegiance to ISIS. As the Post reports, Omar Mateen had committed himself to ISIS before carrying out the bloodiest mass murder in US history at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, federal officials said. ateen “made a pledge of allegiance to ISIS,” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN.

And in an even more surprising update, NBC reports that moments before the shootings, Omar Mateen called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS.

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Update 13:15 ET: According to WaPo, the ex-wife of the 29-year-old shooting suspect said he was violent and mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly while they were married. The ex-wife said she met Omar Mateen online about eight years ago and decided to move to Florida and marry him. At first, the marriage was normal, she said, but then he became abusive.

“He was not a stable person,” said the ex-wife, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared for her safety in the wake of the mass shooting. “He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”

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Update 12:55 ET: A picture of the suspected attacker - who was earlier identified as Omar Mateen - has now been published by CBS news.

More pictures:

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Update 12:35 ET: Cited by CNN, Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen "made a pledge of allegiance” to Islamic State and was “heard praying in a foreign language.” Earlier, Senator Bill Nelson also talked about the alleged links between Mateen and Islamic terrorists.

"I asked the FBI if there was any connection to Islamic radicalism. There appears to be. But they are naturally cautious and waiting throughout to see if if this is [in fact true]," Nelson said at a news conference on Sunday.

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Update 12:25 ET:  Mir Seddique, the Afghan immigrant father of the suspected shooter, says it is intolerance of homosexuality, and not affiliations with radical Islam, that likely provoked the attack. "This has nothing to do with religion," he told NBC, stating that he was “in shock like the whole country.” He went on to relate a “recent incident” that demonstrated his son’s attitudes. "We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry. They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, 'Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.' And then we were in the men's bathroom and men were kissing each other."

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Update 12:23 ET: The shooting "appears to be connected to Islamic radicalism" according to Florida Senator Ben Nelson

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Update: 12:10 ETTake this with a grain of salt (source is CNN), but according to Breaking911, an FBI source reported to CNN that the shooter was known as suspected ISIS sympathizer

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Update: 12:07 ET: CBS reports that Omar Mateen was on law enforcement radar in last five years,

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Update 11:24 ET: ABC reports that Mateen's parents were born in Afghanistan, and he was "on the radar" of U.S. officials for some time, but was not the target of a specific investigation, law enforcement officials told ABC News. 

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Update 11:15 ET: According to the gunman's father, the shooting had nothing to do with religion, and adds that his son got enraged after seeing men kissing recently.

The suspected gunman in today's gruesome Orlando nightclub shooting which killed at least 50 and injured 53, has been identified by relatives and law enforcement officials as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Florida, CBS reports. According to social media, he is a US citizen, born in 1986, from Port Saint Lucie, FL. and both his parents are from Afghanistan. He was a registered democrat with a security officer and firearms license. Florida Congressman Alan Grayson adds that he believes the attack is "more likely than not" ideologically motivated.

NBC's Pete Williams reports that terrorist was on a "watch list" over associations w "suspicious" people several years ago.

The Orlando Mayor said Mateen was armed with a hangdun as well as an AR-15 assault rifle.

CBS added that the FBI is currently checking if he was linked to extremists.

According to BBC, Mateen was not on any terrorism watch list, although as CBS also adds Islamic terrorism is being investigated as one of the possible motives behind the mass shooting.

CNN adds that the suspected Orlando gunman was trained in use of weapons.

Some more details on the alleged shooter as disclosed on Find the Data, disclose that he was a registered Democrat in the 18th Congressional District.


A search of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services database reveals that Mateen had security officer and firearms licenses:

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Bank_sters's picture

Obama, time for a speech.  Waiting...

johngaltfla's picture

Don't worry, Obama will call him "bubba" before the speech is over and blame white Christian run gun shows.

D Nyle's picture

Obama will say he converted to Redneck

Stackers's picture

The Religion of Peace strikes again

remain calm's picture

He sounds Irish Catholic. FU Hilary let them all in, this is America

NoDebt's picture

Did the Secret Service get Obama out of the club without injury?


BaBaBouy's picture

Wake Up FOLKS, Wake The FUCK UP ...

Looney's picture


Didn’t the Teletubbi leader, Mullah Omar, have Afghan parents too?   ;-)


remain calm's picture

So Islam hates gays, well they killed 20 in Orlando. Gays vote Liberal. Qustion: Who protects you against ISLAMIC TERERRORIST, Trump or Clinton? Crooked Hillary cant even say Islmic terrorist, but she will accept their money on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. She is pathetic


Keyser's picture

Wait until the news cycle shifts... He will be described as a white, southern american that is a NRA member with strong ties to the Pentacostal church... 

847328_3527's picture

It's a rough day for Obama; one of his supporters just took out over 20 other Obama/Hillery voters. Barry's going to have to rethink his "Wide Open Border Policy."

Oldwood's picture

It all serves the larger agenda....chaos and mayhem. We are told to love those who hate us and when they kill us we blame ourselves. I mean why else would they hate us? Right? Self hate...self destruction. Everyone has a reason...an excuse and all we need is someone whispering in our ear telling us how much we deserve it. We have progressed to where we can simultaneously allow interventionist wars incentivizing reprisals from those most easily motivated while also selling the notion of empathy. Slap the regressive and insecure Muslims in the face and then turn the other cheek almost begging for a violent response. SUICIDE by ISLAM.

Billy the Poet's picture

There's a war on all traditional people and religions while public Satanic rituals have become the norm. I'm an atheist and even I can see this.


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Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Billy the Poet Jun 12, 2016 10:50 AM

Next month's cover of Rolling Stone...

What do you say WB7, can we have a preview of it?

The Saint's picture

This will keep happening until we destroy Obama's ISIS army and ban Islam from America.

El Vaquero's picture

Tell me, was the nightclub a gun free zone?

krispkritter's picture

In Florida, all establishments that serve alcohol exclusively are gun-free zones. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Cause: America invades and occupies Afghanistan for 14+ years, the longest war in US history
Effect: Afghani-American kills 50 and wounds 53 in the deadliest mass shooting in US history


Odds are good there is more to come:

Elevated freeways are perfect kill zones



But what concerned me just as much is that these elevated choke points are perfect kill zones.  One or two lightly armed bad guys could easily cause a traffic jam and proceed to execute tens or hundreds of people until they either run out of ammunition or are stopped by someone with a firearm that is ready, willing, and able to do so. 




Calmyourself's picture

HH, 90% of these guys cannot plan well enough to pull this type of attack off.  Shooting poofters in a club is one thing attacking a freeway in a state with CC carriers means incoming fire almost immediately.  Softer targets are in play before  this happens.  Now in NY or Jersey, you may be onto something.  Basically Forstchen's "Day of Wrath" novella.  I am only concerned of another Beslan everyone else not prepared to return fire is an idiot, kids on the other hand..

hedgeless_horseman's picture


90% of these guys cannot plan well enough to pull this type of attack off.


WIshful thinking.  How much planning is involved in stopping a car on a bridge in rush hour traffic in NYC, Chicago, or Washington DC, where US citizens are not allowed to bear arms, and proceeding to shoot US citizens in the head, causing a traffic jam, and then walking along and continuing to shoot the people stuck in the traffic jam?



Get us the fuck out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Ukraine, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, etc.

Enforce The War Powers Act.


Support the Second Amendment.

The Saint's picture

One thing is for sure, you won't see terrorists attacking in certain areas of Chicago.  They are afraid of places where the citizens are heavily armed.

monk27's picture

But, but... isn't Chicago supposed to be gun free ? I think I heard their mayor declaring so, very emphatically.

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The Saint (not verified) monk27 Jun 12, 2016 2:27 PM

No no, the Mayor said "brain freeze."  Chicago has a "Brain Freeze."  It's definately not gun free.  LOL


BTW, Orlando Imam says Gays should be killed just to be compasionate.  Wow!




U4 eee aaa's picture

Not quite gun free. The black market (no pun intended) still makes you pay for them

krispkritter's picture

I get what you're saying HH, but even in NYC you can carry a rifle or shotgun in your car, unloaded, but not inaccessible/unusable.  NYC is strict on handguns but defers to NYS laws for the remainder, guns are not outright banned and New Jersey may actually be stricter. The areas where this scenario could work are much more limited than a GFZ.  I carry a .38 in my vehicle with 100 rounds.  I also have a fold-down .22 with 500 rounds in my BOB. Almost every neighbor I know carries or has a weapon in their vehicle. Florida specifically mandates that no employer can even restrict an employee or visitor against having a weapon in their car even on private property.  Besides, if I'm in my vehicle and unarmed, I'm sure as hell going to start throwing around 2 1/2 tons of V6 powered steel in an attempt to subdue someone shooting at me. If I could swing an H1 I'd own one but regardless I'm not lying down and dying... ;)

PS. I wholly agree, "Get us the fuck out of (everywhere)"

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Good stuff, kk!  Consider taking a Vehicle Gunfighting class.  It is a lot of fun, and very, very, eye opening.

krispkritter's picture

I'll check with my auto insuror to see if they cover that! ;) 

PS. We do drills outside a vehicle, using it as cover, but no, haven't done in-car drills. I'll get to that though!

BaBaBouy's picture

Looks to me like the choice target for the Terrorists is now Nightclubs/Concerts ==> Paris now Orlando...

Just look... Hundreds of People all in one place, Drunk and having fun, unsuspecting, unarmed,

relaxing, Loud music, Dark, etc etc... Perfect Fucking Targets...

Oh Wait, We Have Omaba, He will surely save us...

krispkritter's picture

I was at Universal's park in Orlando last night, 8 miles from the scene.  Thousands around, families especially, tourists, etc. and every second business is a bar.  Felt really uncomfortable especially because the majority of people go through a security screening before entering the venue.  Despite that it has restaurants and bars in a mixed environment, you apparently cannot carry, in violation of FL law. Didn't test that though, left my firearm in the truck. When I left my friend and his family and walked out, there were probably 10k people in the venue and there is only ONE publicized entrance exit/entrance to parking(see HH's comments on traffic-based threat) and less than 20 security people, most of which were unarmed. Not a scenario I'd walk into willingly again.  20+ years ago we took a shuttle to the Hard Rock and had no lines, security, etc. and staggered out of the place to the shuttle and our hotel without a thought of the current bullshit.  Orlando is the same as Paris, same as Belgium, but we have a POS in the Muslim House that can't acknowledge his background and protect Americans because he's a closeted Muslim and a rabid Leftist.

Okienomics's picture

We were at Universal Orlando last month.  We've had season tickets for several years, and went several times in May.  Noticed toward the end of May that security was considerably tighter than earlier in the month.  Seriously, we've been going there repeatedly for years and it was much hightened.  They had many more security personnel, metal detectors (previously had only bag checks, the metal detectors were new in late May'16).  Same at Busch Gardens where they did random metal detector screening, which was new.  We think they knew of a threat in central Florida, despite official statements of not having a specific threat..

Cursive's picture

Closeted? Seems pretty open and obvious to me....

Calmyourself's picture

My friend tells me he carries a large fiberglass reinforced plastic dagger 6" into universal, tells me no problem as long as the sheath is inside waistband.  Not a gun but will influence dindu's I would bet.. 


U4 eee aaa's picture

I guess they figure whoever they kill is guaranteed to be decadent. There does seems to be a method to their madness.

The media heavily censored it but apparently the Paris bombers didn't start shooting until the band and audience was singing some sort of praise song to the devil


The United States of America can't get out of all of the countries all at once because defunct 'American Hegemony' requires infiltration into every economy in the entire world in order to keep the Goldman Sachs Vampire Squid in Cocaine & hookers. If the squid ever had to go cold trukey it would never regrow tentacles to sprout new connections. The lifeblood of GS is their dope dealing network that must get new recruits for the Ponzi to function. Foreign US Military bases are like McDonald's franchise ops that distribute CocaCola and collect funding for GS.

Calmyourself's picture

Please worry about and preach to the Beslan massacre. The vast majority of these adults in unarmed victim zones voted for their disarmament.  Worry about kids, push for armed teachers and principals in every school in  America.  Again your ideas have merit but looks like they were simultaneously thought up along with William Forstchens writer of "One Second after" follow up book " Day of Wrath"


HH's complete highway kill corridor scenario here..  


AGuy's picture

As I commented on your article. Terriorist will go for the easy targets, "no-gun" locations since its reduces the odds that people will be able to fight back. Also locations/events with pack crowds as a carnage multiplier. Elevated Highways are not exactly soft targets. If Terrorist go for transportation it will be commuter rail and bridges. if you on a train or a bridge odds are that nothing you carry with you will save your life.

The biggest risk with highways is like natural disasters (Earthquakes, Tornadoes and to a lesser degreee Hurricanes). To date, there has never been a terrorist attack on highways. At best Terrorist have attacked Buses & Trains (mostly overseas). However, Odds favor that attacks on Public transportation systems (trains & buses) will happen here in the USA.

Some Suggestions

1. Avoid "No Gun" locations with minimum security on premise.

2. Avoid events/crowds. if you need to to to place to drink, go to a small bar. Generally the music isn't blasting and you can carry a conversation with your friends. If you go to a live indoor music event (no assigned seating) keep near the emergency exit.

3. Always think about an exit strategy when entering a building. Keep an eye out for exits, stairwells and other routes to flee should an event (man-made or nature) occures

4. If you are unlucky and end up in attack, try to avoid cornering yourself which leads you no options of escape.

5. If you are trapped in a room with drywall walls you can always make your own exit. You should be able to kick out a hole in the drywall to escape.


U4 eee aaa's picture

and remember, anything heavy or sharp can be a weapon. as long as you are out of the line of fire and even better out of his sight lines, you can go caveman on him.

LasVegasDave's picture

good reason to carry an extra mag, or three

Tom Servo's picture

so since it's already a law, we obviously need new laws passed.  (sarc, if i have to say it)...


worbsid's picture

Almost gun free, except for the shooter.   

Antifaschistische's picture

Can you have armed SECURITY for crying out loud!!  WTF!!

Falcon49's picture

In a way it is...you cannot legally carry concealed in an establishment that serves alcohol.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Tell me, was the nightclub a gun free zone?


Dunno but everybody there was packin'

thatthingcanfly's picture

Why am I not surprised that, even before the bodies are cold, some nut job is posting garbage government false flag conspiracy theory, and people actually are reading what the idiot wrote and posting links to it?

AnonG-Man's picture

Ah, how very plebian of you - you think ISIS/ISIL is Obama's Army?  Did you enjoy Carter's (Democrat) and Reagan's (Republican) Al-Qaeda Army?  (Hint - not their armies either).  Did you know the U.S. fomented "radical" Islam in Afghanistan in the 80's by literally creating radical textbooks in the U.S. and loading them off in their country?  Probably not.  My fellow Americans have collective Amnesia after all.


Know who the real enemy is or you'll only be fooled again and again by the Deep State.  In fact, they expect it.  Senior "Advisers" (Puppet Masters) like Zbigniew Brzezinski and those of the C.I.A. laugh at your expense quite literally.


In actuality, this will keep 'happening' while the U.S. terrorizes its own citizens and other Nations through Illegal Lie-Started wars, and until the C.I.A. and/or Senior "Advisers" puppeteers, unelected by the American people, are 'banned' and/or sent to prison.

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The Saint (not verified) AnonG-Man Jun 12, 2016 12:18 PM

That's how they got the Russians out of Afghanistan.  There is no doubt that the U.S. has supported varous factions in varous countries.


But, the fact remains.  ISIS is a creation of Obama and the Saudis in an effort to remove Assad.  I don't know what they expected would happen even if he was removed by ISIS because they should have learned from the previous adventures that you mention that this wasn't a good idea.


But, even now, Obama refuses to destory his little ISIS army regardless of how much damage and murder it creates in the U.S. and Europe.  It's totally disgraceful on his part because he doesn't care about white people or any Americans and he is the biggest POS in the world..

jeff montanye's picture

zh is dropping the ball.  my comment below is to an earlier saint comment but to this one (obama created isis) true enough but as you sort of note it came out of prior work with al qaeda and, for that matter, the mossad with the muslim brotherhood.  these guys don't want peace, it doesn't help them at all.  they are war mongers and will be forever, like their candidate hillary clinton.


now, about banning islam in the u.s. (this is s touch sarcastic): that sounds practical.  


get that constitutional amendment banning religious freedom and equality before the law going.  you will still need it as many of the affected are not extremely rich and so have to still obey the law.