Wow,. Thankfully my brother and his family were visiting away from Orlando, and just got back into their town today after this mess has already occurred. According to many of the news media outlets, 50 killed and 53+ injured. That's crazy. We need to prayers for the families and victims.
We're obviously going to need to wait a few days before people call this fake or a false flag. Let's just take one step at a time and ask a few questions.
Question 1: Who is the accused shooter?
-The shooter is Omar Mateen, an American 29 year old citizen. Parents were both born in Afghanistan and went to New York, where they had their son Omar. And I believe there something about him having a 2 year old son and is divorced.
Question 2: What influenced him to commit this act of murder?
We have witnesses from people at the crime scene, witness from an ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy and his father, Seddique Mateen.
The ex-wife states, "He was not a stable person. He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that…He seemed like a normal human being. He was a very private person.”
Mateen’s father told MSNBC that the shooting was not about his son’s religion, but that his son became very angry after seeing two men kissing in Miami months ago. He said “we are apologizing for the whole incident.”
“We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country,” Mir Seddique, his father, told NBC News.
But there were conflicting reports in regards to his religion.
The ex-wife said her former husband wasn’t very devout and preferred spending his free time working out at the gym.
She said in the few months they were married he gave no signs of having fallen under the sway of radical Islam.
“He was a very private person,” the woman said.
Mateen later had a son with another woman who also appears to have left him and declined to comment when reached at her current home.
But one friend said Mateen became steadily more religious after his divorce and went on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
“He was quite religious,” said the friend, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity. Yet, he added, if Mateen had sympathies for the Islamic State or other terrorist groups, he never mentioned them.
For several years, Mateen regularly attended the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce and was there as recently as two days ago, said Imam Shafiq Rahman on Sunday.
The imam said Mateen’s father and young son would pray with him, and Mateen’s three sisters were active volunteers at the mosque, which had about 150 congregants.
“He was the most quiet guy; he never talked to anyone,” Rahman said, gripping a loop of black and red prayer beads as he held forth in a dingy corridor adorned with images of the Arabic alphabet rendered by children who come here for religious instruction. “He would come and pray and leave. There was no indication at all that he would do something violent.” Mateen never sought any spiritual guidance from him, Rahman said.
But Rahman’s 20-year-old son, a University of Florida senior who declined to provide his first name, recalled Mateen as an “aggressive person.”
“It was just his demeanor,” he said. “He used to work out a lot.”
Question 3, Are there real people killed and injured because of this shooting. Yes.
In times where shootings, bombings, or any other killing spree takes place, you can not fake the lives of people affected/effected by it. We can't escape the reality of people dying under these atrocities. People are dead.
The City of Orlando identified seven of the 50 victims’ names on its website, noting that the list is comprised of those whose “next of kin have been contacted”
— Edward Sotomayor, Jr., 34; Stanley Almodovar III, 23; Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20; Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22; Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36; Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22; and Luis S. Vielma, 22.
The remaining names will be released at a later time.
Question 4: Does Omar Mateen have any connections to any organizations? According to the FBI and Omar's previous history,
The FBI had interviewed him in two terror-related cases, but both of them were closed, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ronald Hopper told reporters Sunday.
"Those interviews turned out to be inconclusive," Hopper said, "so there was nothing to keep the investigation going."
Mateen was not under investigation or under surveillance at the time of Sunday's shooting, Hopper said.
"The FBI first became aware of Mateen in 2013 when he made inflammatory comments to co-workers alleging possible terrorist ties," Hopper said.
The investigation was closed, Hopper said, after investigators "were unable to verify the substance of his comments."
In 2014, the FBI interviewed Mateen again over possible connections with an American suicide bomber.
"We determined that contact was minimal and did not constitute a substantive relationship or threat at that time," Hopper said.
The FBI has still said the connection is not yet official. I still myself want to hear that phone call. Just remember people, there's still more in this investigation. Not everything is released just yet.