In the aftermath of the largest mass shooting in U.S. modern-era history, Central and South Florida reporters were faced with the unexpected Sunday task of trying to shed light on the motives and background of perpetrator Omar Mateen.
The Palm Beach Post spoke to someone who worked with Mateen at a courthouse, where both were responsible as security personnel for screening for weapons. Here’s what the unidentified person told the paper:
The co-worker was rattled enough by Mateen’s threatening behavior to quit rather than continue working with him. “He went boiled-rabbit crazy on me,” the co-worker said.
Meanwhile, Daniel Gilroy, an ex-police officer whose daily 7 a.m.-3 p.m shift at a gated community in Port St. Lucie preceded that of Mateen during 2014 and 2015, says he also quit because of his dealings with the G4S fellow employee. From a report by Jacksonville NBC affiliate WTLV:
Gilroy said Mateen frequently made homophobic and racial comments. Gilroy said he complained to his employer, G4S Security, several times but the company did nothing because Mateen was Muslim. Gilroy quit after he said Mateen began stalking him via multiple text messages — 20 or 30 a day. He also sent Gilroy 13 to 15 phone messages a day, he said.
“I quit because everything he said was toxic,” Gilroy said Sunday, “and the company wouldn’t do anything. This guy was unhinged and unstable. He talked of killing people.”
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