Orlando police and the FBI updated the media on the background behind Orlando shooter Omar Mateen and his possible connections to ISIS. As it turns out, Mateen had been on the FBI’s radar since at least 2013 and the had spoken to him twice with little indication that he would commit such a horrible act.
According to the latest press conference, the two interviews stemmed from different incidents over the years:
Hooper says the shooter in 2013 made inflammatory comments to co-workers , and that Mateen was interviewed twice. Hooper calls those interviews inconclusive.
In 2014, Hooper says, officials found that Mateen had ties to an American suicide bomber. Hooper describes the contact as minimal; it did not constitute a threat at that time.