Shortly before he was shot and killed by police at about 5 a.m. Sunday, Omar Mateen searched on social media for news of his homicidal rampage at the Pulse nightclub, according to U.S. Senate committee staffers cited by the Orlando Sentinel. Apparently using a phone, Mateen searched Facebook for “Pulse Orlando” and “Shooting.” Authorities have found five Facebook accounts they believe Mateen had used.
Mateen also posted his ostensible political agenda on Facebook from the gay nightclub where he killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. “America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state..I pledge my alliance to [Islamic State leader] abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me,” he wrote. He also wrote: “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west” and “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance.” The final post on Facebook reads, “In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa.”