The gunman who massacred over 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday had once been on the FBI’s radar.
The senior law enforcement source reports that Mateen became a person of interest in 2013 and again in 2014. The Federal Bureau of Investigation at one point opened an investigation into Mateen but subsequently closed the case when it produced nothing that appeared to warrant further investigation.
“He’s a known quantity,” the official told the Beast. “He’s been on the radar before.”
According to the source Mateen was born in New York and married for a short while to a woman from New Jersey.
Mateen’s father told NBC news that his son was enraged by the sight of two men kissing months ago in downtown Miami.
He insisted the shooting “has nothing to do with religion.”
That assertion flies in the face of Congressman Adam Schiff who told CNN that Mateen had “pledged allegiance to ISIS.”
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