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Thu Jun 16, 2016, 06:38 PM

 

Gun Store Owner: We Alerted FBI to 'Suspicious' Customer Weeks Before Orlando Shooting

The owner of a Florida gun store said he tried to alert the FBI to a "very suspicious" man later identified as Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen after Mateen tried to buy body armor and bulk ammunition from the store.

Robert Abell, a co-owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Florida, told ABC News today that a man entered the store five or six weeks ago and asked specific questions about high-end body armor. When employees said the store didn't carry the body armor he wanted, Abell said, the man made a phone call in a foreign language, hung up and then asked about ammunition in bulk.

Abell said a member of his staff thought the questions were "odd" and made him uncomfortable, so he turned the man away.

Abell added that they thought the man was "very suspicious," so they called the local FBI office in West Palm Beach and reported the incident. But they didn't have the man's name, since no sale was made, and the only surveillance footage they had was grainy.

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read:http://abcnews.go.com/US/orlando-shooter-turned-gun-store-suspicious/story?id=39901107

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Reply Gun Store Owner: We Alerted FBI to 'Suspicious' Customer Weeks Before Orlando Shooting (Original post)
cali Jun 2016 OP
Ex Lurker Jun 2016 #1
jmg257 Jun 2016 #2
ohnoyoudidnt Jun 2016 #4
Ilsa Jun 2016 #3
scscholar Jun 2016 #6
Quackers Jun 2016 #8
scscholar Jun 2016 #9
JudyM Jun 2016 #7
leftstreet Jun 2016 #5
gratuitous Jun 2016 #10
Aerows Jun 2016 #11
Odin2005 Jun 2016 #12

Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 06:42 PM

1. I hope it was Mateen

otherwise there's another one walking around out there.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 06:47 PM

2. Who the fuck was he calling about body armor?? Lone Wolf or not? Not good.

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Response to jmg257 (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 06:56 PM

4. They know exactly when and where the call was made

I would think that would be enough information to verify if it was him and see who he called. IIRC gps coordinates are part of phone companys' records.

I'd expect more to come from this.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 06:49 PM

3. Too bad they didn't offer to order the body armor for him.

They could have gotten his name and contact information and turned it over to the fbi.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 07:10 PM

6. This.

 

Instead the store decided to protect the identity of the killer. That shows who gun shop owners identify with.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 09:18 PM

8. You realize your comment makes zero sense, right?

The store is the one that called the FBI.

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Response to Quackers (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 09:19 PM

9. Look at what I was replying to

 

The store decided to not take the guy's information.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 09:14 PM

7. Or get the police there right then. Who shops for body armor and massive amounts of ammo? Um,

nobody home there? Jeebus.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 07:08 PM

5. Sounds fishy

Not your link - just their story

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 10:29 PM

10. If it was Mateen

Isn't it nice that he was able to finish his purchase at another gun store where they weren't quite so sensitive and more eager to make a sale?

And if it wasn't Mateen, as noted upthread, there might be someone walking around Jensen Beach or its environs who's thinking about how he's going to top Mateen. Feel good about that, Florida? How about you, Attorney General Bondi? Governor Scott, your thoughts?

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 10:31 PM

11. I'm pretty sure Scott

 

doesn't have thoughts, just reptilian instincts.

The alligators in his state have more compassion than that criminal.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jun 17, 2016, 07:44 AM

12. The FBI really dropped the ball on this one.

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