TPM: Arson strikes Treasure Coast mosque where Orlando nightclub shooter worshipped

“A Florida mosque where Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen prayed was set ablaze in an act of arson early Monday morning, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Maj. David Thompson said that surveillance video showed a person approaching the side of the Islamic Center … Click here to read more

News4JAX: Martin County school documents show shooter was suspended 48 days

“Documents released by the Martin County School District show the 29-year-old who shot more than 100 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning had a troubled time in high school. As early as third grade, the Florida nightclub shooter talked frequently about sex and violence and before finishing high school was suspended for a total … Click here to read more

Jensen Beach gun store owner: ‘We called FBI about Mateen 4-5 weeks before Orlando shooting’

CBS News reports that “the co-owner of a Jensen Beach gun store says his employees contacted law enforcement before the Orlando shooting after gunman Omar Mateen attempted to purchase body armor and ammunition … Click here to read more

Orlando shooter’s Martin employment history

“Omar Mateen worked numerous retail jobs in Martin County,” according to The Sun-Sentinel. “He started his first job in 2002 at Publix in Palm City. In following years, he worked for Circuit City in Jensen Beach in 2003; Chick-fil-A in Jensen Beach, 2004… and Hollister and GNC at the Treasure Coast Mall in 2006 … Click here to read more

Washington Post: On 9/11, Mateen’s Martin County classmates mourned. Some say he celebrated.

“Martin County students watched the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001 unfold on live TV. But one student “started jumping up-and-down cheering on the terrorist. ‘That was sophomore Omar Mateen,’ according to one of the accounts from MCHS, remembering 9/11 and the reaction by the student who, nearly 15 years later, would carry out the worst mass shooting in U.S. history … Click here to read more

Orlando, the worst mass shooting in US history: Suspect’s ties to Treasure Coast, Martin County

From Florida Today: “Law enforcement has identified Omar Mateen, 29, a Treasure Coast resident, as the shooter in the mass shooting Sunday morning in Orlando, [the worst in US history]. Mateen has multiple ties to our area, some to Martin County where he attended his freshman year at Martin County High School … Click here to read more