The same morning Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, he posted on Facebook his allegiance to ISIS, ordered America and Russia to “stop bombing” the terror group and warned of attacks to come, FBI officials said.
“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance [sic],” Mateen posted, according officials in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. “In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic State [ISIS] in the usa.”
Information about the posting circulated among law enforcement Tuesday morning. Officials also said four Facebook accounts have been found to be associated with Mateen.
In May, he searched on Facebook for the couple behind the February attack in San Bernardino, California. Late Tuesday officials said they’re investigating whether Mateen’s wife, 30-year-old Noor Mateen, knew about or had anything to do with the Orlando plot.
The FBI officials also said that in the days leading up to the attack, Mateen searched online for a speech by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for information about the gun store where he legally purchased a handgun and semi-automatic rifle used in the shooting and for the Pulse nightclub. He had also previously made several searches for local law enforcement offices.
ABC News’ local affiliate WFTV reported on portions of the Facebook posting and the searches Tuesday. FBI Special Agent Ron Hopper declined to comment on the Facebook pages today, telling reporters that the FBI’s “digital analysis is ongoing.”
Today another local news station revealed Mateen called one of its producers, apparently in the midst of the attack, and said, “I’m the shooter. It’s me.”
“He did it for ISIS,” producer Matt Gentili said, according to Orlando’s News13. Gentili asked the caller who he was and Mateen replied, “None of [your] [expletive] business.”
Mateen called 911 to declare his allegiance to ISIS after the shooting began, officials said.
Also today video footage emerged of a disgruntled Mateen working as a security guard in 2010 in a documentary about the BP oil spill called “The Big Fix”.
“No one gives a s— here,” he tells an undercover reporter. “Like, everybody’s just out to get paid. They’re, like, hoping for more oil to come out and more people to complain so they’ll have a job.”