Omar Mateen on FBI Radar Kills 50 with Legally Purchased Assault Guns

Police killed the shooter, who was identified as Omar Mateen, 29, a Florida resident and U.S. citizen who was the son of immigrants from Afghanistan.

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen had run in's with FBI at least twice, once in 2013 when he made threatening comments to co-workers ?including possible ties to terrorist activities,? an FBI spokesman said Sunday. Mateen was investigated again in 2014, over possible connections to a ?American suicide bomber,? the FBI said.


Officials say Omar Mateen, the man suspected of the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, purchased the guns used in the attack legally within the past week.

Omar Mateen

The attacker was carrying an AR-15 style assault rifle and a handgun, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said. He was also carrying an unidentified "device", said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.

A police officer working as a security guard inside the Pulse nightclub exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2 a.m. (0600 GMT), authorities said. Pulse was crowded with some 350 revelers at a Latin music night.

Omar Mateen

"Everyone get out of pulse and keep running," the club's management wrote on Facebook as the incident unfolded.

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