What motivated Omar Mateen to kill 49 people last weekend? One word: Vengeance.
Before his killing spree at an Orlando nightclub, the vicious gunman wrote several Facebook posts demanding the United States and Russia stop bombing the Islamic State and promised more violence ahead, according to published reports.
Mateen posted: “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes. Now taste the Islamic state vengeance,” the New York Times reported what Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin wrote in a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. In his final post, Mateen said, “In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the USA.”
Johnson leads the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Johnson also wrote in his letter to Zuckerberg that officials had found five Facebook accounts that were apparently associated with Omar Mateen, the New York Times reported.
An American-born man who pledged his allegiance to ISIS, Mateen killed 49 people at the nightclub before Orlando police shot and killed him.