Read more: Orlando nightclub gunman 'recently scouted Disney World as potential target' Read more: Orlando clubbers filmed dancing just two hours before ISIS fanatic shot 49 partygoers dead "So far, we see no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network," Comey said in Washington.
Islamic State, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria, reiterated on Monday a claim of responsibility, although it offered no signs to indicate coordination with the gunman.Ty Smith, who said he had seen him in Pulse at least a dozen times, shared: "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.” While Chris Callen told the Canadian Press : “It’s the same guy.He’s been going to this bar for at least three years.” Meanwhile, U. authorities said on Monday they had found no direct links between Islamic State militants and Mateen, describing him as a homegrown extremist who was inspired by radical Islamist groups.He had expressed support for multiple armed Islamist movements and people, which "adds a little bit to the confusion about his motives," FBI Director James Comey said.Mateen, 29, was fatally shot by police who stormed the club with armoured cars after a three-hour siege.Early Sunday morning, Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, perpetrating the deadliest mass shooting in U. But according to witnesses, Mateen was also a regular at the club and exchanged messages with at least one gay man on a gay dating app.
Mateen, his father explained the next day, had repeatedly been angered by the sight of two men kissing.
Ty Smith, who also goes by the name Aries, also said he’d seen Mateen being escorted drunk from the club, Pulse, on multiple occasions. He couldn’t drink when he was at home—around his wife, or family. He used to bitch about it,” Smith told the Canadian Press.
The man behind the Orlando shooting visited the LGBT nightclub on several occasions and also used a gay dating app, claim witnesses.
A regular Pulse club-goer said the gunman had been messaging him on and off for a year on gay dating app Jack’d.
Kevin West told the Orlando Sentinel that he recognised Omar Mateen when he saw him outside the club around an hour before the shooting took place. I said, ‘Hey,’ and he turned and said, ‘Hey,’” West explained.
“I could tell by the eyes.” Keep up to date with the latest from Orlando on our live blog here As well as West, another four club-goers have also said they recognised Mateen after seeing him in the club on previous occasions.