Orlando gunman frequented gay bar says regular

Omar Mateen, 29, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has been identified as the gunman who opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in what is now the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. (Courtesy: MySpace)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A regular at the club that became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history says he saw the gunman there drinking on several occasions before the massacre.

Ty Smith told The Orlando Sentinel that he had seen 29-year-old Omar Mateen at the gay bar, Pulse. Smith says Mateen would sit and drink by himself, getting loud and belligerent.

Smith says he did not talk to Mateen much, but that Mateen mentioned having a wife and child.

CBS News reports other media outlets have heard several stories of Mateen popping up and conversing with men on gay dating apps.

They say it is still possible Mateen was surveying his targets, former senior FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole told CBS News that doesn’t seem likely.

“This to me suggests somebody that may have had sexual identity issues and may have actually been struggling with the idea that he himself was gay and that would add a different motive and a different perspective on the case,” O’Toole said.

Authorities say Mateen’s rampage left 49 people dead. He was killed in a gun battle with police.

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