Here’s a major plot twist in the story of the Orland Muslim terrorist who massacred a gay night club killing at least 50 people. Check out the first hand accounts from multiple people who have confirmed that they had gay interactions with Mateen at gay bars, including Pulse, and through a gay dating app called Grindr.
Omar Mateen, the gunman who murdered 49 people in an Orlando gay club early Sunday morning, was a gay man himself according to multiple people who knew and had met the man.
A gay man who attended the police academy in 2006 with Mateen said that the pair went out to gay bars and that at one point Mateen told the man he wanted to pursue a relationship.
Meanwhile, multiple people are now coming forward to say that they had spoken with Mateen on gay hookup apps including Grindr and Jack’d.
The attack, which many assumed was an act of Islamic extremism, now appears to possibly be tied to Mateen’s own shame over his sexuality and investigators are now looking into this internal conflict as a possibly motive.
The shooter’s father, Seddique Mateen, made his beliefs on gay people very clear in a video he posted to Facebook on Monday saying ‘homosexuals will be punished by God.’
ISIS meanwhile, the terrorist group some believe Mateen killed in the name of, executes gay men on a daily basis in horrific fashions.
‘He’s a homosexual and he was trying to pick up men,’ said Jim Van Horn, who called Mateen a Pulse ‘regular’ and described his approach to chatting with people in the club.
‘He would walk up to them and put his arm around them or something and maybe try to get them to dance a little bit or something and go over and buy them a drink.’
Van Horn also said he spent one night speaking with Mateen at the bar, but halfway through the conversation his friends asked him to join them outside.
‘They said they didn’t want me talking to him because he was a strange person,’ said Van Horn.
‘I recognized him off Grindr,’ said an emotional Cord Cedeno in an interview with MSNBC on Monday, adding that he eventually blocked Mateen on the app because he was ‘creepy.’.
Cedeno also recognized Mateen from the club, saying: ‘He’s been there several times. I know that for a fact.’
Kevin West said he had spoke with Mateen on another gay hookup app, Jack’d, for the past year, and that he was often ask him was clubs were ‘popping.’
He then saw Mateen at 1am Sunday as he crossed the street while making his way towards Pulse just one hour before the start of the deadly massacre.
‘He walked directly past me. I said, “Hey,” and he turned and said, “Hey,” and nodded his head,’ West told the Los Angeles Times.
West went to police as soon as he saw pictures of Mateen in news reports, handing over his phone and Jack’d login to FBI agents, who still had it as of Monday.
Many in the Orlando gay community are now coming forward to share similar stories of seeing Mateen at clubs for the past decade or speaking to him on hookup apps.
The former male classmate of Mateen who was once asked out by the mass-murderer told the Palm Beach Post that he would hang out with gunman alone and in groups, and that they went to gay clubs together during that year.
The man, who did not wish to be named, was a classmate of Mateen’s in 2006 when they both attended the Indian River Community College police academy.
His ex-wife also revealed more details:
Read more: Daily Mail
One thing we know is true is that he sure liked to take a lot of selfies: