Their mothers waited for them at home and left food... The official said it was clear from the evidence that Mateen's visit involved more than tourism, but cautioned that agents may never learn fully whether he was casing Disney properties for a potential attack.
The FBI has obtained evidence that Mateen visited and perhaps scoped out Disney World in recent months, one U. He also is believed to have visited other gay venues to check out as potential targets, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
No issues involving encrypted data -- a major stumbling block in the investigation into the San Bernardino attacks -- have emerged, the official said.
A theme park employee “without a mean side.” A protector and confidant. They came from all over the country, from Hawaii to New York.
Some dreamt of becoming emergency medical technicians; others, photographers and nurses.
Their mothers waited for them at home and left food...
"He told us he had a wife and child."As soon as West saw photos of Mateen released after the shooting, he said, he drove to his local police station, where officers summoned FBI officials, who showed him a photo of Mateen on a computer screen.“I said, ‘That’s him,’” West said, and turned over his phone and Jack’d log-in information to the FBI, which still had the phone late Monday, he said.
Investigators are looking at reports that Mateen visited gay clubs and was using gay dating apps, a law enforcement official said. Also Monday, officials said Mateen appeared to have been radicalized by Islamic extremists on the Internet but expressed sympathies with radical groups that violently oppose each other.
Kevin West, a regular at Pulse nightclub, said Omar Mateen messaged him on and off for a year before the shooting using the gay chat and dating app Jack’d. West was dropping off a friend at the club when he noticed Mateen – whom he knew by sight but not by name – crossing the street wearing a dark cap and carrying a black cellphone about 1 a.m., an hour before the shooting.
They have also obtained access to at least one email account, an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation.