Orlando Terrorist Scouted Disney World as Potential Target

The Orlando ISIS Killer Scouted Disney World, Orlando As A Potential Target
The Orlando ISIS Killer Scouted Disney World, Orlando As A Potential Target


Omar Mateen, the terrorist who brutally gunned down dozens at an Orlando nightclub, scouted Walt Disney World as a possible target, according to reports.

Trace Gallagher reported that a federal law enforcement source said that Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, said she and her husband visited Disney World in April.

She said that her husband was scouting both Pulse, the nightclub where the mass shooting took place, and Downtown Disney, which was recently renamed Disney Springs.

Unlike the four Disney World theme parks, Disney Springs doesn’t have security, metal detectors and bag checks before entry.

Gallagher said that Disney has not yet commented about the threat.

Following the nightclub mass shooting, Orlando theme parks have stepped up their security measures.

Despite being investigated by the FBI twice before Sunday’s tragedy in 2013 and 2014, Mateen bought an an AR-15-style assault rifle, a Sig Sauer MCX, on June 4 – just one week before the attack, the source says. He also had a Glock model 17 9mm and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver.

The first investigation by the FBI occurred after Mateen made concerning comments at work. As part of their investigation, the FBI interviewed witnesses, provided physical surveillance, and interviewed Mateen on two separate occasions, but the investigation was ultimately closed, according to a federal law enforcement source.

In 2014, the FBI opened a second investigation into Mateen for his ties to Florida-born Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, the first known American suicide bomber – who blew himself up in Syria in 2014. Mateen was interviewed as part of the investigation, but there was not enough evidence at the time and the case was closed, the source says.

Over the previous month, Mateen used one of several Facebook accounts he operated to search the FBI and local police departments. He also looked up the San Bernadino shooters and a local gun range. On Sunday before the massacre, he posted about his allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, writing: “May Allah accept me.”

Will it take a massive slaughter on an amusement park full of families to end gun free zones once and for all?

Disney World Is A Gun Free Zone. How many mass shootings in GUN FREE ZONES will it take before something is done. Evil men and criminals do not obey the law. How does disarming law abiding citizens make anyone safer? PRO-TIP: It doesn’t. It just makes it safer for criminals and terrorists to continue their slaughter of innocent people.


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