UPDATE: FBI: We need you to come forward if you knew Omar Mateen

STRINGER PULSE NIGHTCLUBThe FBI wants to talk to anyone who recognizes Mateen and has talked to him. People can reach the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI. Mateen is accused of killing 49 people and injuring 53 people at Pulse nightclub Sunday morning in Orlando. The FBI said its agency is following up on several leads and processing the crime scene. Officials did not address Mateen’s wife’s alleged involvement in the mass shooting. “I’m not going to speculate on any charges in this case,” said Lee Bentley, US Attorney for Florida. “It would be premature to do so.” For families who were affected by the Pulse shooting, resources have been set up at Camping World Center, formerly known as the Citrus Bowl, as well as online. If anyone left their vehicle near the nightclub or near the crime scene, people can call 407-246-4357 to get information. Orlando police chief said his officers who responded to the nightclub Sunday morning will be offered grief counselors. Bentley also addressed threats made toward Muslims and churches. He criticized anyone making those threats and told them to, “stop it!” The OneOrlando Fund set up by the city to offer financial assistance to the victims has raised $3.6 million.   UPDATE 11:45 a.m: ORMC has that confirmed six people who were injured in the Orlando nightclub shooting are still in critical condition. Doctors said they’re still treating 25 people, but cautioned the death toll from Sunday’s shooting at Pulse nightclub could rise. Also near the club, parts of Orange Avenue NB at Kaley Avenue have reopened. Orlando police plan to hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Eyewitness News will carry the news conference on air and online. A complicated picture has emerged of 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who opened fire in a gay Orlando nightclub. The attack left 49 dead and dozens more wounded in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. LATEST UPDATE:  A law enforcement source said Omar Mateen had a Paypal account. The account shows Mateen made a payment of $1,040 to an Islamic retreat on Jan. 4, 2011. His make and model of his father’s vehicle’s was also obtained by federal agents, along with a Sunpass account with his dad’s credit card attached. Some of what law enforcement knows about the money has come from Mateen’s computer, which was seized from his home in Fort Pierce. Agents said they were pulling records from friends and family members who might have helped Mateen financially. For federal agents, the motive is part of the investigation, as are Omar Mateen’s finances, including how he paid for one of his two trips to Mecca. Authorities are also investigating his claims that he was connected to Al-Qaida, Hezbollah and the Islamic State group. The FBI became aware of Mateen in 2013 when co-workers reported that he claimed to have family connections to Al-Qaida and to be a member of Hezbollah, too, FBI Director James Comey said. The agency conducted a 10-month preliminary investigation, following Mateen, reviewing his communications and questioning him, Comey said. Mateen claimed he made the remarks in anger because co-workers were teasing him and discriminating against him as a Muslim. The FBI eventually closed the case, Comey said. Mateen’s name surfaced again as part of another investigation into a suicide bomber from the Syrian rebel group Nusra Front. The FBI found Mateen and the man had attended the same mosque and knew each other casually, but the investigation turned up “no ties of any consequence,” Comey said. The FBI said radical Islamic views were driven home for Mateen over the Internet, but he may have been driven by repressed feelings as well. “(He had) what we call internalized homophobia,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Judi Addelston. Addelston said religious views and personal feelings might have created internal conflict. The FBI is also investigating if Mateen was really gay, and if he lashed out at a life he couldn’t bring himself to be a part of. “They hate themselves for their own feelings because they think this is a sin against God,” said Addelston. This article originally appeared: https://www.wftv.com/news/pulse-shooting/update-fbi-we-need-you-to-come-forward-if-you-knew-omar-mateen/344752553
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