10 Things We Know About the Orlando Nightclub Terrorist Who Killed 50 People


by Jason DeWitt

Following the shooting and hostage situation at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, law enforcement, and media outlets have struggled to put together enough accurate information to paint a picture of what actually happened and who was responsible.

Here is what we know so far about the shooter who was killed during the standoff.

1. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida, a U.S. Citizen born to Afghan Muslim refugees, who were granted entry to the U.S.

CBS reported:

Law enforcement sources told CBS News the gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie. Mateen was born to Afghan parents. CBS News reports Mateen has no apparent criminal history and that authorities are investigating whether he had ties to Islamic terrorism.

2. Mateen wore a “suspicious” device during the shooting:

3. Mateen may not have acted alone:

CNN has been careful to note on several occasions that although Mateen was killed during a shootout with law enforcement, it is not clear if he acted alone. The attack does appear pre-planned.

4. The FBI says he is “linked to radical Islam” — and was a “person of interest” to the FBI as much as 3 years ago:

5. Pulse nightclub is a “gun-free” zone:

Florida state law 790.06 says that no gun permit allows the permit holder to carry a gun into “any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose.”

6. Mateen injured one police officer in the exchange of gunfire:

CNN reported:

“‘One officer suffered an eye injury when a bullet struck his Kevlar helmet,’ said Danny Banks, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando bureau. ‘The Kevlar helmet saved the officer’s life,’ Banks said.”

7. Mateen appears to have had a concealed carry permit and a security license:

The license details can be found here.

8. Mateen was a registered Democrat:

Florida voting records state that Omar Mateen was a resident of Fort Pierce in St Lucie County, Florida. He registered to vote as a member of the Democratic Party in 2006.

Image Credit: Screenshot/FLVoters

9. Mateen was killed when SWAT teams moved in to free hostages:

10. New reports of 50 dead make Mateen not only an Islamic terrorist, but also the deadliest mass shooter in American history:

Law enforcement has now confirmed that there are 50 dead in addition to the shooter, and another 53 hospitalized.


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