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Florida gunman's father says he was a 'good son'

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:14

The father of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 50 people at a Florida nightclub before being shot dead by police, says in a Facebook video that he was a ''good son'' and does not know what motivated him to carry out the shooting. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The father of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 50 people at a Florida nightclub before being shot dead by police, said in a Facebook video uploaded on Monday (June 13) that Mateen was a "good son" and that he did not know what motivated him to carry out what became the deadliest single mass shooting incident in U.S. history. Mateen, armed with an assault rifle and pledging loyalty to Islamic State, killed 50 people and injured 53 more during a gay pride celebration at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday (June 12) in an attack denounced by President Barack Obama as an act of terror and hate. Police killed Mateen, 29, a New York-born Florida resident and U.S. citizen who was the son of Afghan immigrants and has twice been questioned by FBI agents in recent years, authorities said. Mateen's former wife said he was emotionally and mentally disturbed with a violent temper, yet aspired to be a police officer. Working for the global security firm G4S during the past nine years, Mateen was an armed guard for a gated retirement community in South Florida, and had cleared two company background screenings, the latest in 2013, according to G4S. Preliminary investigations suggested the attack was inspired by Islamic State militants, though there was no immediate evidence that Mateen had any actual ties to the group, law enforcement officials said.

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Florida gunman's father says he was a 'good son'

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:14