People who knew Orlando shooter speak out about his past
FORT PIERCE (WPEC) As investigators waited for the FBI to bring in a unit to search the Ft. Pierce condominium belonging to Omar Mateen, those who knew him shared details about who he was. The 29-year-old grew up in this community, went to school here, married here and even worked here.
It's unnerving for the Fort Pierce community as they learn the man linked to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history lived among them.
According to the Imam at the Islam Center Syed Shafeeq Rahman, where Omar Mateen frequently attended, he was last seen praying on Friday with his son, he never thought Mateen could become radicalized.
"I was feeling 150 percent secure that he would not harm this county, and his father would always tells us they were connected to the authorities. His father would always say if you have any issues he had a direct connection to authorities," Rahman said.
The Imam added Mateen's father even brought St. Lucie Sheriff Mascara to the mosque to speak to it's members, so this comes as a shock, but those that came in contact with Mateen tell a different story.
A woman who did not want to be identified told WPEC Omar worked as a security guard at the St. Lucie courthouse, where she says he often stalked her.
"He followed me into a parking lot outside the courthouse. he told me everything. that he was married and he was Muslim and he was allowed to date outside of marriage, and I told him to stay away."
Mateen divorced his wife in 2011. On Sunday Sitora Yusufiy, spoke out saying Mateen abused her throughout their relationship and was emotionally unstable and suffered from mental illness.
"When he would get in his tempers he would express hate toward things, towards everything. There were moments when you would see his emotional instability and turning totally different," said Sitora Yusufiy.
A former co-worker that worked with Mateen at the St. Lucie Courthouse said she reported Omar several times to his superiors after receiving texts that stated United States of Sharia.
The FBI confirms they investigated Mateen a couple of times. They later determined that he was not a threat.
The FBI has brought in a major unit to search the condo here in Ft. Pierce.