We’re learning more and more about Omar Mateen, the man who killed at least 50 people in an Orlando gay nightclub. It is being called the largest mass shooting in American history. Police suspected early-on that it was terror, but now we know that he was on law enforcement radar for some time.
More via Daily Beast:
Mateen came to the attention of federal authorities twice prior to being identified as the gunman in the Orlando nightclub mass shooting, a senior law enforcement source told The Daily Beast.
The 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 of him, but subsequently closed the case when it produced nothing that appeared to warrant further investigation.
“He’s a known quantity,” the source said. “He’s been on the radar before.”
If he was known about, why wasn’t he detained or stopped? Hopefully these are questions we will soon have answers to.
Stay tuned for more on this tragic story.