Omar Mateen

American mass murderer

Omar Mir Seddique Mateen (November 16, 1986 – June 12, 2016)[1] 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.

Omar Mateen
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A driver's license photo of Mateen
Born
Omar Mir Seddique

(1986-11-16)November 16, 1986
DiedJune 12, 2016(2016-06-12) (aged 29)
Cause of deathEight gunshot wounds by police officers
CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationSecurity guard
Spouse(s)Sitora Yusufiy (2009-2011)
Noor Salman (?-2016, his death)
Parent(s)Mir Seddique Mateen (father)
Shahla Mateen (mother)
Details
DateJune 12, 2016
c.  2:00 a.m. – c.  5:00 a.m.
Location(s)Orlando, Florida, United States
Target(s)Patrons of Pulse nightclub
Killed49
Injured53
WeaponsSIG 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.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 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.
  2. 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.