Orlando: The gunman who shot dead 49 people at a Florida gay nightclub had attended the club before the attack and had used a gay dating and chat app, witnesses said. Kevin West, a regular at Pulse nightclub, said Omar Mateen messaged him on and off for a year before the shooting using the gay chat and dating app Jack'd. West was dropping off a friend at the club when he noticed Mateen - whom he knew by sight but not by name - crossing the street wearing a dark cap and carrying a black phone about 1am, an hour before the shooting. Witnesses say they have seen Omar Mateen at Pulse on previous occasions. I said, 'Hey,' and he turned and said, 'Hey,' " and nodded his head, West said. At least four regular customers of Pulse, the nightclub where the massacre took place, told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that they believed they had seen Mateen there before.
By Chris Spargo For Dailymail. 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 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 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. Mateen's first wife, Sitora Yusufiy, 27, also said that his own father once called him gay in front of her.
Orlando gunman Omar Mateen had used gay dating app, visited Pulse nightclub, witnesses say
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According to multiple survivors, the shooter—who will continue to not be named by this website—was a frequent patron at Pulse Orlando. At least four regulars at the club have testified to that fact. Ty Smith, himself a clubgoer, said he saw the gunman at the club at least a dozen times, often sitting alone and drinking until he got belligerent. He told us he had a wife and child. Kevin West, another regular at the club, said the gunman had messaged him on occasion for around a year before the attack took place.