The FBI has found no evidence that Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen had gay lovers or communicated on gay dating apps, according to the L.A. Times.
Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse nightclub, a LGBT hot spot in Orlando, Florida, on June 12. Since the deadliest mass shooting in American history, several people have reported that Mateen frequented the gay club, used gay dating apps and had gay lovers.
The Times reported that the FBI doesn’t have evidence to support these claims, mentioning “several law enforcement officials” as its sources.
The FBI issued the following statement to TheWrap: “The FBI has talked to over 500 people throughout this case; and will continue to seek information from anyone who claims to have it. However, we are not at liberty to confirm or deny specific interviews, nor the credibility of content discussed due to the ongoing investigation. This includes any investigations involving social media.”
However, several Pulse regulars have claimed that Mateen used gay dating apps such as Grindr, Jack’d and Adam4Adam. One man even went on Univision and claimed that he had sex with Mateen after meeting him on Grindr.
Earlier this month, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer told TheWrap that the FBI wasn’t being as transparent with the Orlando attack as it has been with other mass shootings.
“People died by that man’s hands and [the] only thing this country is concerned about is if he is gay or not,” Pulse regular Kevin West told the Times.
Another club regular feels that the FBI isn’t revealing everything it knows.
“The FBI obviously is trying to cover up their information,” Cord Cedeno told the Times. “I can go take a lie detector test. I know for a fact Omar messaged me.”