In an interview with the Sentinel, Kevin West of Orlando said he chatted with Mateen over several years on apps.
He said he turned photos and information over to authorities."It wasn't about hookups.
He would say, let's meet up for a drink, I come to Orlando a lot," West said.
Five people who have been to the Pulse nightclub, where a gunman killed 49 people, have told the Sentinel that they had seen Omar Mateen there before, and that they interacted with him on gay dating apps.
The gunman opened fire inside the crowded gay nightclub before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said.
(My Space via AP)This undated image shows Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Homegrown terrorist Omar Mateen sent pictures of his penis to men through a gay dating website, according to a man who apparently drew the mass murderer’s interest.
Orlando resident Cord Cedeno told TMZ he first connected with Mateen a few years ago on Grindr, where the killer just said “Hi,” over and over.
(My Space via AP) (AP) Gay dating apps, which several people have said Orlando shooter Omar Mateen used, issued a call Wednesday for info about possible accounts he had on the app."Any of our members who think they have been in contact with Omar Mateen on Adam4Adam, please get in touch with us," the Facebook page for the service said.
"Rumours (sic) are that he had an account on many gay apps including Adam4Adam and we would like to find that information to be able to give it to the Police."Another app where people said they interacted with Mateen, Jack'd, posted on Twitter they were also contacted by authorities Wednesday morning and "We are working to assist them in any way that might prove helpful."David Lesage, spokesman for Adam4Adam, said in a text message that the company was "looking at all users' profiles in Florida especially where he lived and Orlando as well."Lesage said it's possible the accounts didn't have photos, although most people who claimed they saw him on the apps said Matteen did have photos.
Mateen used another app, Adam4Adam, to send shots of his privates to men, never showing his face, according to Cedeno, who said he doesn’t know if the killer ever hooked up with a man, the site reported.
Cedeno said he eventually wound up blocking Mateen, whose profile pic showed him wearing a tie.