Omar Mateen wrote multiple Facebook posts during the Orlando shooting, including messages about ISIS, according to CNN.
“America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state..I pledge my alliance to [Islamic State leader] abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me,” Mateen wrote on Facebook, according to Vice News. The Facebook posts were released by the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.
“The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west… You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance,” Mateen’s Facebook post read.
It appears Mateen was also trying to track the news related to the Orlando shooting while it was happening, because he searched “Pulse Orlando” and “shooting” while he was using Facebook.
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., wrote a letter to Facebook requesting to get as much information from his profiles as they could, as the profiles have been taken down. “It is my understanding that Omar Mateen used Facebook before and during the attack to search for and post terrorism-related content,” Johnson wrote. “According to information obtained by my staff, five Facebook accounts were apparently associated with Omar Mateen.”
In his Facebook posts, Mateen also apparently stated that the Islamic State would be conducting more attacks in the United States in the days following the Orlando shooting. Mateen reportedly made 16 phone calls while inside the Orlando club, according to Fox News.
Mateen also pledged allegiance to ISIS during a 911 phone call he made from inside the Orlando club.
President Obama and Vice President Biden travelled to Orlando on Thursday and met law enforcement who were present during the shooting and the families of those killed in the shooting.
“This is a solemn responsibility,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, according to USA Today. “This is a responsibility that’s all the more important when you’re talking about the way that the LGBT community in Orlando came under attack on Saturday. And signs of support and comfort from the president of the United States should be a powerful affirmation for those American citizens.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, a Craigslist ad was recently posted that threatened the San Diego LGBT community and referenced the shooting in Orlando. It says San Diego is “next” and featured a picture of a gun shooting.
“Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name,” the ad read. “Those people were walking diseases, bug chasers, and thank god for AIDS and 9-11 and now Orlando. San Diego you are next.”
The post has since been removed, but it has many in the San Diego community concerned. The San Diego Police Department is currently looking into the matter.
“The San Diego Police Department is aware of a recent post on Craigslist that has since been removed,” San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman wrote in a statement to the Times. “We are investigating collaboratively with our law enforcement partners. The latest information remains, there are no known credible threats to the San Diego region. As always, we encourage our community if they see something, hear something, or know something, to say something.”
The Orlando shooting killed 49 and injured 53. It took place early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub called Pulse. The father of the shooter has claimed Mateen was upset after seeing men kissing in public, but there have also been reports that Mateen was seen at the Pulse nightclub several times before the shooting. It is unclear if he was there as a patron or if he was preparing for his attack.
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