The gunman responsible for Sunday’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando was a frequent visitor and used a gay dating and chat app, according to people who frequented the club. Omar Mateen’s ex-wife Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for three months, also claimed on Brazilian television station SBT Brazil that Mateen was gay.
Cord Cedeno said he would see Mateen inside Pulse before, standing at the bar with a drink. “He was open with his picture on the sites; he was easy to recognize,” said Cedeno, 23, of Orlando, who said he was also contacted by Mateen at least a year ago on a dating app.
Chris Callen, who worked at Pulse as a performer, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper he had seen Mateen dozens of times at the club. According to Callen’s estimate, Mateen visited Pulse twice a month over a period of three years.
“He was very friendly when we said, ‘Hi.’ He didn’t seem like the kind of guy who just did what he did. It makes no sense,” Callen said.
But Mateen’s coworkers described him as angry, violent and homophobic.
“He was an angry person, violent in nature, and a bigot to almost every class of person,” former co-worker Dan Gilroy told CNN affiliate WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach.