Letter by Omar Mateen, who went on to kill dozens in nightclub shooting, said co-workers ganged up on him and called him a potential terrorist
The gunman who opened fire at a Florida nightclub last month had complained he was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in his job as a Florida courthouse guard, according to records released on Monday.
Omar Mateen responded to the taunts by telling co-workers he had connections to terrorists and a mass shooter, but he later told his bosses he had made that up to get them off his back, and the FBI determined he was not a threat.
I love the United States. The boasting I did it just to satisfy the gang of co-workers who ganged up against me, Mateen wrote in a letter to his bosses at G4S Secure Solutions, according to the documents released by the St Lucie county sheriffs office. Im 1,000% pure American … Im against these terrorists anyone of them.
Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando during Latin night on 12 June in a rampage that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. It was the worst mass shooting in modern US history. Mateen, who pledged allegiance to Isis during a call with police dispatchers amid a three-hour standoff, died after police stormed the venue.
Mateen was born in New York and his family came from Afghanistan. According to the records, he told his bosses that when he started working at the St Lucie courthouse, one guard told deputies he was a Muslim extremist and potential terrorist.