ORLANDO: Orlando shooter Omer Mateen visited the gay night club several times, witnesses say.
Chris Callen, a performer at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida, told the New York Daily News that Omer Mateen had been a frequent visitor for past three years.
“I’ve seen him a couple of times at Pulse, a couple of other people that I’ve spoken with, including an-ex security guard, have actually witnessed this guy at Pulse many times before,” said Chris Callen.
Once, Mr Callen said, Mateen pulled a knife on a friend after having an argument over a religious joke.
In spite of witnessing Mateen in rage, Callen said that he was a “nice guy… Maybe he got radicalized and hated who he was.”
Omer Mateen killed 49 people at the club. Before being shot by the police officer, he called reportedly 911 during the attack at the club and expressed his allegiance to IS.
While, there have been no comments from the authorities on the claims.
Imam Muhammad Musri, of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, said the attack had been “an act of terror, an act of hate”.
“We condemn the ideology of hate and death and destruction and we call for all Muslim leaders and communities across this nation and across the world to stand up and to deal with this cancer and to remove it once and for all,” he said.
Meanwhile, US President Obama said that Mateen appeared to be “self-radicalised”, and that there was “no clear evidence that he was directed externally” or that the attack on the nightclub was part of a broader plot.