US mass killer pledged loyalty to IS in phone call – official says

WASHINGTON, June 12 (KUNA) — Omar Saddiqui Mateen, the shooter behind worst mass murder in US history, called 911 emergency line around time of attack to pledge allegiance to so-called Islamic State and mention the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers, a US official said on Sunday.
However, in an address to the nation on Sunday, President Barack Obama said there was “no precise motivation or inspiration known yet” for the shooter, who killed 50 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The FBI had investigated Mateen at some point for possibly having ties to or sympathizing with Islamic extremism, two officials said. There were two cases opened involving Mateen, but the investigations did not result in enough evidence to bring charges, one official said.
“This was an act of terror and act of hate,” Obama said in his address.
The shooting is “a reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon,” he said.
In the past two weeks Mateen legally purchased a Glock pistol, found at the shooting scene, from a gun store in St. Lucie County, Florida, a law enforcement official said.
Mateen, 29, is from Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials said, and he had been trained as a security guard.
Investigators said members of Mateen’s family said Mateen had expressed anti-gay feelings.
Orlando authorities said they consider the crime an act of domestic terror. (pickup previous)