Orlando gunman had frequented gay bar, regular says

Omar Mateen, 29, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has been identified as the gunman who opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in what is now the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. (Courtesy: MySpace)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A regular at the club that became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history says he saw the gunman there drinking on several occasions before the massacre.

Ty Smith told The Orlando Sentinel that he had seen 29-year-old Omar Mateen at the gay bar, Pulse. Smith says Mateen would sit and drink by himself, getting loud and belligerent.

Smith says he did not talk to Mateen much, but that Mateen mentioned having a wife and child.

Authorities say Mateen’s rampage left 49 people dead. He was killed in a gun battle with police.

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