FBI Investigators: No Evidence That Orlando Islamist Omar Mateen Was Gay
FBI investigators so far have not found evidence that Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen was gay. Investigators collected evidence from Mateen’s phone and have interviewed nearly 500 interviews.
The AP reported, via Free Republic:
FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation.
The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men as saying that Omar Mateen had reached out to them on gay dating apps and had frequented the gay nightclub where the June 12 massacre took place. One man claimed to be Mateen’s gay lover in an interview with Univision that aired this week, while another recalled Mateen as a regular at the Pulse club who tried to pick up men.
But the officials say the FBI, which has conducted about 500 interviews and is reviewing evidence collected from Mateen’s phone, has not found concrete evidence to corroborate such accounts nearly two weeks into the investigation. They also cautioned that the investigation is ongoing and that nothing has formally been ruled out.
The officials were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.