Omar Mir Seddique Mateen (November 16, 1986 – June 12, 2016) was an American mass shooter/mass murderer. He killed at least 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida. He was killed in a gunfight with the police. It was the largest and deadliest act of violence targeting LGBT people in United States history. Mateen was born in New York to Afghan parents. He moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida in 1991.
A driver's license photo of Mateen
Omar Mir Seddique
November 16, 1986
New Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 12, 2016 (aged 29)|
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Eight gunshot wounds by police officers|
|Spouse(s)||Sitora Yusufiy (2009-2011)|
Noor Salman (?-2016, his death)
|Parent(s)||Mir Seddique Mateen (father)|
Shahla Mateen (mother)
|Date||June 12, 2016|
c. 2:00 a.m. – c. 5:00 a.m.
|Location(s)||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Target(s)||Patrons of Pulse nightclub|
|Weapons||SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle |
9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol
Before the shooting, he had been investigated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. Mateen reportedly pledged his allegiance to the Sunni militant jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) before the shooting.
- Yuhas, Alan (June 12, 2016). "Florida nightclub shooting: 50 killed and 53 injured in 'act of terror' – rolling updates". The Guardian. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
- Williams, Pete; Connor, Tracy; Ortiz, Erik; Gosk, Stephanie (June 12, 2016). "Gunman Omar Mateen Described as Belligerent, Racist and 'Toxic'". NBC News. Retrieved June 12, 2016.