He also used a gay dating app to meet men, a man named Kevin West told the LA Times, who reportedly exchanged messages with Mateen. A former classmate of Mateen's told the Palm Beach Post that they hung out together in the local gay scene and he believed Mateen was deeply uncomfortable with his identity.
Orlando Killer Frequented Gay Club
Mateen's ex-wife Sitora Yusufiy, who said he was abusive and unstable when they were married, also said in several interviews that she was not sure about his sexuality. She told Brazilian television channel SBT that Mateen had "gay tendencies" and that she remembers his father accusing him of being gay several times. One witness told the Canadian Press Monday that Mateen had been to the Pulse gay nightclub on multiple occasions and had shown signs of violence by pulling a knife on other club goers.
Callen and his partner Ty Smith, who also goes by Aries, told the Canadian Press in separate interviews that Mateen had pulled a knife on them in anger at the bar once, pushing them and demanding they keep their distance. They said they were surprised that the shooter acted with such homophobic anger after seeing two men kiss, since he repeatedly witnessed plenty of gay intimacy at the bar.
The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that at least four Pulse regulars had seen Mateen at the bar before, where he reportedly often drank in solitude.
West said he saw the shooter just an hour before the massacre outside the bar while dropping off a friend and greeted him, though he did not know his name. The shooter legally purchased two weapons, including a semi-automatic assault-style rifle, just days before the massacre.
He pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group in a call during the shooting. He pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State shortly before Sunday's attack.
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