One of the many theories bruited around in the wake of the June mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was that the event might have been something more than a random killing or an act of Islamic-inspired terrorism. Although the shooter, Omar Mateen, claimed before his death that he carried out the shooting in allegiance to ISIS as a message for the U. Such rumors were backed up by claims that Mateen had used gay dating sites and apps, was a regular customer of the Pulse gay nightclub prior to the shooting, and had gay lovers. However, FBI investigators say they have not yet found evidence that any of that is true nor have they found any direct links between Mateen and members of Islamic State. Mateen was twice-married to woman and had a young son, and investigators believe those reporting that he had a secret gay life may have confused him with someone else.
Orlando gunman had frequented gay bar, gay dating apps
Orlando Mass Shooter Had Been To Gay Club A Dozen Times, Messaged Man On Dating App: SFist
There are mounting claims that Omar Mateen was gay and looking to hook up on apps and in clubs -- but it appears he was also actively hitting on women Cord Cedeno says he connected with Mateen a couple years ago on Grindr , but it was hardly titillating. Cedeno says Mateen -- whose profile was a pic of him in a tie -- would only say "Hi" over and over. He says he eventually blocked Mateen, but knows 4 friends who say the Orlando murderer remained active on other apps.
FBI said to find no evidence that Orlando shooter was gay
In a story where the narrative is constantly changing, there is a strong possibility that by the time you finish reading this article, another yet-to-be-found story will be uncovered. However, one thing will not change. At least 49 people will have lost their lives at the hands of somebody whose mind was incapacitated by hatred and apparent confusion.
In , American-born Mateen was remarried to a second wife and had a new son — and his friend, Mohammad Malik, had never heard him express extremist views or say anything homophobic. But after a young man who went to their Florida mosque was killed in a suicide bombing in Syria that year, one thing did trouble Malik: Mateen said he was listening to recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical Islamic cleric killed by a U. The suicide bomber, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, had said in videos before he was killed that al-Awlaki inspired him.