... a prior Gunshop reported him to authorities - nothing was done
From the Daily Mail.
Gun shop owner claims he reported Omar Mateen BEFORE Orlando massacre and turned him away when he came to buy heavy duty armor and bulk ammo
- Lotus Gunworks said Omar Mateen 'asked unusual questions' last month
- He demanded heavy duty body armor used by law enforcement officers
- When they said they didn't have that, he requested bulk ammunition
- The store's owner said he reported the incident to the authorities in May
- Mateen later bought an AR-15 [sic]and semiautomatic pistol from another store
- And he was 'seen on CCTV buying ammunition with his wife in June'
A gun store owner reported Orlando shooter Omar Mateen to authorities weeks before he committed the worst mass shooting in US history.
Robbie Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks, told the Wall Street Journal Mateen came into the store in South Florida in May and asked for heavy-duty body armor like the kind used by law enforcement.
Staff at the store, which does not sell body armor, felt it was a strange demand. After his request was denied, Mateen asked to buy bulk ammunition. Though Lotus does sell ammunition, staff shut down his request and refused to sell him anything else.
They subsequently reported the incident to the FBI, Abell said. Mateen had already been investigated by the FBI years before.
But even after Abell's report, the 29-year-old self-radicalized [Graeme: no, see my previous post here] gunman obtained an AR-15 [Graeme: people keep calling it an AR-15, it was in fact a Swiss Sig Sauer MCX] and a semiautomatic pistol from another store in the area, bought stacks of ammunition...
The store's owner Robbie Abell told the Journal: 'The questions he was asking were not the normal questions a normal person would be asking…He just seemed very odd.'
Abell also said Mateen was speaking to someone on the phone in Arabic and was walking around the store texting. ... He added that staff were on high alert since authorities has recently warned them to look out for suspicious activity in the area. ... Once it emerged that Mateen was the perpetrator of the worst mass shooting in history, Abell said, Lotus staff instantly recognized him and reported their experience to the FBI.
He added that he was glad they did what they could to block him. 'If something is suspicious, it’s our discretion. We are the gatekeeper,' Abell told the Journal. Mateen bought his murder weapons from [another gun shop, the] St Lucie Shooting Center days before his attack.
Ed Henson, the reitred [sic] NYPD officer who owns St Lucie Shooting Center, defended himself in the wake of the massacre saying, 'I don't make the laws.' He insisted he put Mateen through the necessary background checks before selling him an AR-15 and a semiautomatic pistol.