ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A regular at the club that became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history say they saw the gunman there drinking on several occasions before the massacre.
Ty Smith told The Orlando Sentinel that he had seen 29-year-old Omar Mateen at the gay bar, Pulse. Smith says Mateen would sit and drink by himself, getting loud and belligerent.
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Smith says he did not talk to Mateen much, but that Mateen mentioned having a wife and child.
Authorities say Mateen’s rampage left 49 people dead. He was killed in a gun battle with police.
All 49 victims have been identifed.
The city of Orlando has also released the names of eleven officers who fired at the nightclub shooter.
Most of the officers are with the SWAT team that stormed the Pulse nightclub after Omar Mateen took people inside hostage. The officers range in experience from about 25 years to two years with the Orlando Police Department.
One officer on the list was Michael Napolitano, who was shot in his Kevlar helmet, but survived. A photo of the helmet has been widely circulated online.