As investigators look into what may have motivated Omar Mateen to go on a shooting rampage at Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, reports are surfacing that it was not his first time at the popular gay venue. The allegations about Mateen's multiple appearances at Pulse and his usage of gay dating apps have fueled speculation about his sexuality in news reports and on social media. If "hatred of himself," as Ellis phrased it, in some way contributed to Mateen's horrific actions, he could have been experiencing what psychiatrists call "reaction formation. Examples of reaction formation are all around, Linhares said, but they are typically not deadly. Just think of recent examples of anti-LGBTQ politicians and religious leaders who been exposed as gay or bisexual. Linhares said extreme cases of reaction formation, however, can end in violence if the person experiencing them is emotionally immature, mentally ill or suffers from an addiction.
Orlando Shooter Frequented Gay Nightclub Pulse, Messaged Guys on a Gay Dating App: REPORTS
Orlando Gunman Had Visited Club Before, Used Gay Dating Apps
Omar Mir Seddique Mateen  born Omar Mir Seddique ; November 16, — June 12, was an American mass murderer and domestic terrorist who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida , on June 12, , before he was killed in a shootout with the local police. It was the deadliest shooting by a single shooter in United States history until the Las Vegas Strip shooting on October 1, Born in New York to Afghan-American parents, he later moved to Florida where he displayed an interest in violence in his childhood and had behavioral problems in school. He later became a security guard by profession. Before the shooting, he had been investigated for connections to terrorism by the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in and During that period, he was placed on the Terrorist Screening Database , but was subsequently removed. His father, Mir Seddique Mateen, is from Herat  who emigrated from Afghanistan in the s    and became a naturalized US citizen on November 17,
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was gay, former classmate says
According to The Orlando Sentinel , Mateen visited the gay nightclub at least 12 times, a fact corroborated by 4 witnesses. Both Callen and Smith, who are married, tell the Canadian Press they stopped speaking to Mateen after he threatened them with a knife, apparently after someone made a joke about religion. Callen and Smith are married and told the Canadian Press Mateen threatened them with a knife. The incident occurred after someone allegedly made a joke about religion to Mateen. Chris Hayes will be interviewing one of the men who reportedly knew Mateen after meeting him on a gay dating app.
Sunday when he recognized Omar Mateen walking in. They then lost touch until three months ago, when Mateen made contact again, mentioned that he would be in Orlando soon, and suggested meeting for a drink. West had also seen Mateen at Pulse multiple times before. Later that night, Mateen would kill 49 people inside the gay nightclub in Orlando in the worst mass shooting in US history. Cord Cedeno said he had also seen Mateen inside Pulse before, standing at the bar with a drink.