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Orlando Nightclub Shooter Omar Mateen Was Taunted for Being Muslim

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The shooter who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando was taunted for being Muslim, new documents reveal.

Omar Mateen was reportedly taunted with derogatory epithets related to his religion while working as a contract guard at the St. Lucie Courthouse, according to the documents. The insults came from deputies and others, according to the Associated Press.

Mateen responded to the insults by claiming to have ties with the Fort Hood shooter and the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Reports of these remarks prompted the FBI to investigate Mateen, but officials did not believe he posed a terroristic threat, with one agent saying he didn’t think Mateen “would go postal or anything like that.”

Mateen died in the June 12 shooting, which was the deadliest in U.S. history.


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