Investigators in Orlando are pursuing reports the shooter at Pulse nightclub used gay dating apps and was seen at the club several times before. There's speculation that the shooter could have been motivated by self-hatred as a closeted gay man. Investigators here in Orlando are pursuing reports that the shooter at Pulse nightclub used gay dating apps and had been seen at the club several times before. And so a familiar narrative returns - speculation that the shooter could have been motivated by self-hatred as a closeted gay man. Gregory Herek urges caution. He is a professor of psychology at UC Davis and has written extensively about prejudice against gay men and others.
Psychologist Urges Caution In Speculation About Orlando Gunman's Sexuality
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Orlando Gunman Was a Regular at Pulse Nightclub and Used Gay Dating App Grindr, Patrons Say
As photos of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen spread across the news Monday, at least five people with ties to the LGBT community said they recognized him — either from previous nights at the Pulse nightclub or gay dating apps. Four people who regularly visited the gay nightclub told the Orlando Sentinel that they had seen Mateen there before. One person said he remembered Mateen at the club as long as three years ago. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the year-old went on a shooting rampage in the club where about people had gathered for the weekly Latin night. Forty-nine people were killed, and 53 others were injured.
The gunman who attacked a Florida LGBT nightclub had attended the club before the attack and had used a gay dating and chat app, witnesses said. West was dropping off a friend at the club when he noticed Mateen — whom he knew by sight but not by name — crossing the street wearing a dark cap and carrying a black cellphone about 1 a. At least four regular customers of Pulse, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender nightclub where the massacre took place, told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that they believed they had seen Mateen there before. As soon as West saw photos of Mateen released after the shooting, he said, he drove to his local police station, where officers summoned FBI officials, who showed him a photo of Mateen on a computer screen.