Five weeks before Muslim terrorist Omar Mateen went into a homosexual nightclub in Orlando to kill as many people as he could, he went shopping for body armor at a Florida gun shop.
The co-owner of Lotus Gunworks of South Florida, Robbie Abell, warned authorities after the encounter with Mateen because of his suspicious behavior during the attempted purchase, a purchase that the store refused to transact.
“The questions he was asking were not the normal questions a normal person would be asking… He just seemed very odd,” Abell said, according to the Wall Street Journal, noting that the type of advanced body armor Mateen inquired about was “Level 3” body armor, which the store did not carry because it is typically only used by law enforcement — not the general public.
“If something is suspicious, it’s our discretion,” Abell said. “We are the gatekeeper.”
An employee at the store told CBS12 that Mateen also asked about buying ammunition in bulk which it also refused to sell the Islamic terrorist.
CBS12 further reports that an employee of Lotus Gunworks reported Mateen’s unusual requests to authorities, although the agency notified was not specified.
The Journal also reported that Mateen had been kicked out of a training academy for would-be corrections officers in 2007 after he allegedly threatened to bring a gun onto the academy’s campus.
As we’ve previously reported, the firearms that were used in the massacre were purchased legally from a gun shop by Mateen and he passed required background checks even though he had been previously under scrutiny by the Obama FBI for potential ties to terrorism.