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Omar Mateen was the gunman responsible for the death of 49 people at an Orlando club. As a result of Mateen being killed during a shoot-out with the police, many are coming forward to speak of their interactions with the shooter.
Daniel Gilroy worked with Mateen at G4S Security in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Gilroy was recently interviewed by ABC News, where he talked about several disturbing encounters with Mateen.
Gilroy has said that Mateen would often get extremely anger any time a Black person or woman was in his presence. Gilroy said that Mateen once said, “I would like to kill all those n****rs,” after speaking to a Black man.
In a separate interview with NBC, Gilroy said that Mateen “was scary in a concerning way.” Apparently, when it came to women, race, religion, and sexuality, he would get extremely angry and exhibited anger management issues. Gilroy said that Mateen had often “talked of killing people,” which made Gilroy very uneasy.
Gilroy also went on to say the Mateen began to stalk him at one point. Gilroy received up to 30 text messages and 15 voice mails a day from Mateen. After this, Gilroy went to his work supervisors to inform them of Mateen’s actions; however, no action was taken towards him. This led Gilroy to request a transfer, as he felt he could no longer work with Mateen.
G4S said that they had performed two background checks on Mateen, both of which he passed. Due to derogatory comments that Mateen had made towards other coworkers, he was twice investigated by the FBI. After the investigations, Mateen kept his security job as the investigation was deemed "inconclusive."
Gilroy also questioned the stability of Mateen, as he felt that his anger often got the best of him. “He would kick walls, slap desks,” Gilroy told ABC, “I’ve seen him throw the chair across the room.”
Gilroy is not one bit surprised the Mateen took such grave actions at Pulse nightclub that night. Gilroy always believed that Mateen was capable of such horrific acts.
From his accounts, it is very clear that Mateen demonstrated several actions of someone who is capable of danger. It isn’t helpful to wonder what would have happened had the complaints about him been more thoroughly investigated. It is, however, important to remember that he was an unstable individual who on several instances showed that he possessed extreme levels of hatred.
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