“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, who are married, tell the Canadian Press they stopped speaking to Mateen after he threatened them with a knife, apparently after someone made a joke about religion.
“He was, like, very creepy in his messages and I blocked him immediately,” Cedeno said.
Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen sent “very creepy” messages on one gay dating app and was active on at least two others, a Florida man said Monday.
The man identified by investigators as the gunman who killed 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse nightclub early Sunday had been known in Orlando’s gay community since as far back as 2007 and was a user on the apps Grindr, Jack’d and Adam4Adam, Cord Cedeno told MSNBC.
Callen and Smith are married and told the Canadian Press Mateen threatened them with a knife.
The incident occurred after someone allegedly made a joke about religion to Mateen. Another individuals has come forth saying they met Mateen on gay dating app, Jack’d.
On Tuesday, Obama said investigators still have no information to suggest a foreign terrorist group directed the attack.
He said it is increasingly clear that the killer "took in extremist information and propaganda over the internet.
He said he saw Mateen inside at least a dozen times.
Gay dating app Jack'd said it has been unable to confirm so far that Mateen had a profile on the site.
Callen recalled, “[Mateen] said if he ever messed with him again, you know how it’ll turn out.” Chris Hayes will be interviewing one of the men who reportedly knew Mateen after meeting him on a gay dating app. WABC News reports: Kevin West said the shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, contacted him three months ago through a dating app called Jack’d.
“When he first contacted me, he was saying things like, ‘What clubs are popping and things of that sort, what are good places to go? “And I remember telling him, ‘Oh, you can just look it up online because I don’t go out that much.” West said he didn’t think anything of it at the time.
This undated image shows Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, June 12, 2016.