Orlando Pulse shooting killer not gay, confirms court
After researching the Orlando Pulse club shooter’s last movements, investigators have confirmed that the attacker was not gay.
In a bid to understand killer Omar Mateen‘s motivations behind carrying out the attack, investigators searched Mateen’s records to build a picture of what led him to carry out the killing, reported Gay Star News.
Mateen chose Pulse randomly less than an hour before the attack. It is not clear he even knew it was a gay bar, confirmed police.
Mateen was said to have searched for “downtown Orlando nightclubs” on Google an hour before the attack.
He did not search for ‘gay’ or ‘LGBT’ clubs.
A security guard also said that the killer asked “where are the women?” enthusiastically before carrying out the attack.
The 2016 Hate Crimes in Florida Report does not include the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting in its official total.
“These crimes were not classified as hate crimes by the Orlando Police Department in the Uniform Crime Reporting Information System,” the report said.
Wife of the shooter Noor Salman was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice during the trial.
“She was not his partner, she was not his peer, and she certainly was not his confidant,” one of Salman’s lawyers, Linda Moreno, said. Mateen was a domestic abuser who treated Salman with disrespect and violence.
“Her only sin was that she married a monster.”
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“We are so grateful to them, so grateful for their verdict,” said Susan Clary, who is a spokesperson for Salman’s family.
“She can go home now and try to pick up the pieces,” reported CNN.
A spate of revelations have been recently released in relation to the case – including the fact that Mateen’s father was an FBI informant during the case.
The FBI had previously confirmed it investigated Omar Mateen twice ahead of the attack but concluded he was not a potential terrorist.
A total of 49 people lost their lives at the hands of Mateen on 16 June 2016.