The 911 Attacker pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Allah, but makes no mention of Gays
Although the city of Orlando released these transcripts back in September, this is the first time we are hearing his voice and the actual calls. We hear an eerily calm voice for a man who is in the midst of an LGBT shooting spree.
In the tapes, Mateen demands the stopping of airstrikes on Syria and Iraq, but never mentions any LGBT motives. Mateen goes on to claim that the trigger for the attack was the bombing and killing of Abu Wahid, an Islamic State military commander.
Witnesses paint the picture of a repressed gay male bursting with anger at his homosexual tendencies
Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and injured dozens more, was a familiar face at the Pulse nightclub. He hid this lifestyle from his wife, Noor, and their three-year-old son. Mateen’s wife denied involvement or any knowledge of planning the attacks. Noor told the New York Times that Mateen was someone who angered easily, beat her often and lived his life in secret.
Jim Van Horn, 71, told the Associated Press Mateen was a “regular” at Pulse. “He was trying to pick up people. Men,” he noted. “He was a homosexual and he was trying to pick up men. He would walk up to them and then he would maybe put his arm round them or something … That’s what people do at gay bars. That’s what we do.”
“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,” Pulse patron Ty Smith told the Orlando Sentinel
Van Horn added: “I think it’s possible that he was trying to deal with his inner demons, of trying to get rid of his anger of homosexuality. It’s really confusing to me. Because you can’t change who you are. But if you pretend that you’re different, then you may shoot up a gay bar.”
Listen to the chilling 911 calls with attacker Omar Mateen at the Pulse Nightclub