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The attack, which many assumed was an act of Islamic extremism, now appears to possibly be tied to Mateen's own shame over his sexuality and investigators are now looking into this internal conflict as a possibly motive.
Killer: Omar Mateen (pictured) killed 49 and injured dozens more Sunday morning when he opened fire in gay club Pulse.
West said he thinks it would be a mistake to think there's anything more dangerous about gay dating apps than there is with straight apps or even Facebook.
But there's growing evidence that Mateen had an obsession with gay culture.
“The fact the guy was from here wasn’t anything to do with anything,” said Johnny Wait, a 53-year-old gay man who has frequented Tattle Tails, and before it Rebar in the same location, for about six or seven years.
(My Space via AP)This undated image shows Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
(My Space via AP) (AP) Gay dating apps, which several people have said Orlando shooter Omar Mateen used, issued a call Wednesday for info about possible accounts he had on the app."Any of our members who think they have been in contact with Omar Mateen on Adam4Adam, please get in touch with us," the Facebook page for the service said.
Karmein La'Raos, a gay man living in Fort Pierce, also said he believed he had seen pictures of Mateen on Grindr, "but I could have seen him in public." Another gay man living in the Fort Pierce, Fla., area, who didn’t want to reveal his identity because he is not out, told in a conversation over the Grindr app that he had seen Mateen’s profile.
“He lived down the road from me, saw him on here a few times,” the man said.
He said he turned photos and information over to authorities."It wasn't about hookups.