Photos: Omar Mateen, Alleged Terrorist Who Attacked Orlando Club, Was Investigated by FBI

Photos: Omar Mateen, Alleged Terrorist Who Attacked Orlando Club, Was Investigated by FBI
Family members wait for word from police after arriving down the street from a shooting involving multiple fatalities at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Jack Phillips

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UPDATE as of 3 p.m. ET: Omar Mateen had pledged allegiance to ISIS, the terrorist group. ISIS’s official news agency also released a statement about the shooting.

Meanwhile, officials say that 53 people have been confirmed dead in the Orlando nightclub attack.


Police have identified the man who killed at least 50 people and wounded another 50 at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday morning. The incident has been described now as a “domestic terror incident” by authorities.

Omar Mateen, 29, was identified by officials, including U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, as the alleged gunman. He was born in New York, but his parents are originally from Afghanistan, ABC News reported.

The Daily Beast and TMZ published social media photos of Mateen.


CBS News reported that FBI Agent Ron Hopper told reporters that Mateen might have leanings towards Islamic extremism.

Mateen---who was “on the radar” of U.S. officials for some time---was killed in a shootout with police and other armed forces at around 5 a.m. Sunday morning, local time. He was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun, and a “suspicious device,” said police.

CBS News initially identified Mateen, of Fort Pierce, Florida, who had no apparent criminal record.


Photos of Mateen wearing NYPD shirts were also published online. An NYPD official told TMZ that he has no association with the department, saying the shirts are unofficial and can be purchased at stores.

Mateen’s father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News that the incident “has nothing to do with religion.”

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X:
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