The 29-year-old Orlando terror attack gunman, Omar Mateen, lived in Florida and worked as a security guard, according to public records and police.
Mateen, who opened fire at the gay nightclub, Pulse, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others, pledged allegiance to ISIS before the early Sunday morning attack.
He was a resident of Port St. Lucie, Florida, which is about 130 miles south of Orlando in St. Lucie County. He previously lived in Fort Pierce, which is also in St. Lucie County and is about 20 miles away from Port St. Lucie. He was born in New York. Police said he drove to Orlando to carry out the attack, but it is not yet known why he targeted the club and city.
Mateen worked as a security guard for G4S Secure Solutions, a Jupiter-based security company, since 2007.
“We are cooperating fully with all law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, as they conduct their investigation,” the company said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends, families and people affected by this unspeakable tragedy.”
A co-worker at G4S, Daniel Gilroy, told Florida Today he worked the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie. Gilroy, a former police officer, said Mateen would then take over from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Gilroy told the newspaper that Mateen “stalked” him, sending up to 15 messages a day and made racist and homophobic comments.
“I quit because everything he said was toxic,” Gilroy said, “and the company wouldn’t do anything. This guy was unhinged and unstable. He talked of killing people.”
He had a criminal justice degree from a local college. He is pictured wearing NYPD shirts in multiple photos on MySpace, but the NYPD told TMZ that Mateen had no affiliation to the department. The souvenir shirts could be bought at several stores, the NYPD said.
But his ex-wife said he wanted to be a police officer and applied for the police academy, Reuters reports.
Mateen had a license to be a security office and a firearms license in Florida, according to the state records.
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