Matteen Was Regular at Gay Club

Matteen Was Regular at Gay Club

The gunman who killed 49 people at a gay club in the US this week wrote a series of Facebook posts about the "filthy ways of the West" before and during the shooting rampage, a top US Senator has said and asked the founder of the social networking site to assist in the probe.

"The last image I see of the bathroom", he said, "is my bloody footprint on somebody's trousers".

Mateen opened fire at Pulse early Sunday, leaving 49 dead and 53 injured.

In Washington, President Barack Obama said investigators had no information to suggest a foreign terrorist group directed the attack. "His mom moved him and his siblings to Florida in hopes for a better future for them", his uncle Reginald Cole said.

The FBI said Monday that Mateen called the Boston Marathon bombers his "homeboys". Officials have not detailed the phone calls made during the massacre.

"People who are struggling to come to terms with their sexual identity do at times react to that by doing the exact opposite, which could be to become more masculine or more vocal about their ideals of a traditional family", said Michael Newcomb, a Northwestern University psychologist.

MSNBC and ABC News, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, reported that Mateen's wife Noor, who is 30, may have had prior knowledge of her husband's plan and could face criminal charges.

That classmate, Samuel King, said Mateen was friendly; voiced no issues with gays; and might even have gone to see a drag show once or twice.

Ty Smith, who said he had seen him in Pulse at least a dozen times, shared: "Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent".

Mateen exchanged gunfire with 14 police officers at the club and took hostages at one point.

"He ended up pulling a knife", said Callen after someone made a joke about religion.



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