Orlando killer searched for Facebook updates during rampage, ranted about “filthy ways of the West”
Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen searched for updates on his killing spree via social media and threatened the “filthy” West with “Islamic State vengeance” shortly before he was shot dead by Orlando police, according to a US senator.
As more details begin to emerge about mass murderer Mateen, who killed 49 people and injured 53 with two legally-bought weapons last Sunday, investigators are trying to retrace the New York-born killer’s footsteps on social media.
The US Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs are among those searching for answers in the wake of America’s worst mass shooting.
Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the committee, has written to Mark Zuckerberg asking for help uncovering any of Mateen’s online links to terrorism, after Homeland Security staff apparently discovered the 29 year old actively posted threats on Facebook during the attack.
At least five Facebook accounts have been associated with Mateen, according to a letter from Johnson to Zuckerberg published by Fox News on Wednesday.