Orlando Shooter Was a Pulse Nightclub Regular and Used a Gay Dating App

Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, was reportedly a regular at the gay nightclub and had a profile on a gay dating app.

Early Sunday morning, Omar Mateen walked inside a gay nightclub with an assault rifle and started shooting at innocent people. He would kill 49 people and injure countless others. Mateen's father explained that his son was extremely upset after seeing two men kissing. But according to witnesses, Mateen was a regular at the nightclub and exchanged messages with at least one gay man on a gay dating app. “It’s the same guy,” Chris Callen, who performs under the name Kristina McLaughlin, told the Canadian Press. “He’s been going to this bar for at least three years.” Ty Smith, also said he saw Mateen escorted drunk from the club, Pulse, on multiple occasions.

“(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,” Smith told the Canadian Press.

“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,” Smith also explained to the Orlando Sentinel, which spoke with at least four other clubgoers who remembered seeing Mateen at Pulse at least a several times. “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 currently married, tell the Canadian Press they stopped speaking to Mateen after he threatened to kill them, apparently after someone made a joke about religion. “He ended up pulling a knife,” Callen said. “He said if he ever messed with him again, you know how it’ll turn out. Related: What do you think? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.