A former colleague of Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter who killed at least 50 people, described him as “unhinged and unstable”.
Daniel Gilroy, a former police officer, worked the shift before Mateen and said that he brought a prayer mat to work and prayed several times a day.
“There was never a moment where he didn’t have anger and rage,” Gilroy told “The Kelly File”. “And he was always loud and cursing. And anytime a female or a black person came by, he would use horrible words.”
Mateen once told Gilroy, “I would just like to kill all those [n-words]” after having a conversation with a black man. “A few times he mentioned homosexuals and Jewish people,” Gilroy said, “but we didn’t deal with them quite as often, so it was mostly women and blacks, because those were the people in front of us.”
According to Florida Today, Gilroy told his supervisors about Mateen’s behavior but they didn’t take any action because, according to Gilroy, Mateen was a Muslim. Gilroy quit his security job at G4S in 2015 because Mateen sent him dozens of threatening texts and phone messages.
“Everything he said was toxic,” Gilroy told the paper, “and the company wouldn’t do anything. This guy was unhinged and unstable. He talked of killing people.”
G4S released a statement late Sunday saying that Mateen was with the company since 2007 and had passed a screening and a background check.
“In 2013, we learned that Mateen had been questioned by the FBI but that the inquiries were subsequently closed,” the statement read in part. “We were not made aware of any alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities, and were unaware of any further FBI investigations.”