According to Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, the terror suspect Omar Mateen who killed over 50 people in an attack on Pulse night club in Orlando, FL pledged his allegiance to ISIS before the attack. [Scroll Down For Video]
Schiff is a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and would be privileged to information on any terrorism information before almost anyone else.
Rep. Schiff, who is always cautious, says Dept. of Homeland Security told him Orlando shooter made pledge of allegiance to Islamic State.
— Damian Paletta (@damianpaletta) June 12, 2016
Some reports indicate that Mateen called 911 prior to the attack to make his pledge. Here is a tweet from TheBlaze reporter/editor Jason Howerton
Suspected Orlando shooter Omar Mateen called 911 just before massacre and pledged allegiance to head of ISIS, @MSNBC reports.
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 12, 2016
Here is a screen shot of CNN’s live coverage of the incident from just minutes ago:
And a tweet from NBC News:
Orlando gunman called 911 moments before shooting and pledged allegiance to leader of ISIS, sources tell NBC News https://t.co/0XkMoA2xo2
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 12, 2016
Reports indicate that Mateen was on the FBI’s radar prior to the attack. According to The Daily Beast:
The senior law enforcement source reports that Mateen became a person of interest in 2013 and again in 2014. The Federal Bureau of Investigation at one point opened an investigation into Mateen but subsequently closed the case when it produced nothing that appeared to warrant further investigation.
“He’s a known quantity,” the source said. “He’s been on the radar before.”
Mateen’s father has denied that the attack was connected to the family’s following of Islam, but instead was due to his son’s hatred of gay people.
An account associated with ISIS has tweeted a photo of Mateen while other accounts associated with Islamic extremism have tweeted support for the attack along with anti-gay rhetoric.
BREAKING: Twitter account associated with ISIS has posted photo of Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter.
— The Int'l Spectator (@intlspectator) June 12, 2016
Here is the CNN interview with Rep. Schiff: