This asshole, Omar Mateen, shot and killed 49 people at Pulse in Orlando. Mateen’s father says his son had been angered by the sight of two men kissing in Miami. Gawker says according to witnesses, Mateen was also a regular at Pulse and exchanged messages on a gay dating app. Chris Callen, who performs under the name Kristina McLaughlin. He told the Canadian Press,
“It’s the same guy. He’s been going to this bar for at least three years.”
Ty Smith, who also goes by the name Aries, also said he’d seen Mateen being escorted drunk from the club on many occasions. Smith told the Orlando Sentinel,
“(He’d get) really, really drunk… He couldn’t drink when he was at home—around his wife, or family. His father was really strict… He used to bitch about it.
Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent. We didn’t really talk to him a lot, but I remember him saying things about his dad at times… He told us he had a wife and child.”
Both Callen and Smith say they stopped speaking to Mateen after he threatened them with a knife, after someone made a joke about religion. Callen said,
“He ended up pulling a knife. He said if he ever messed with him again, you know how it’ll turn out.”
MSNBC host Chris Hayes also says he spoke to a man who claims both he and a friend received messages from Mateen via a gay dating app. The full story is set to air Monday night on Hayes’ show, All In.