It was previously reported that Omar Mateen acted as a solo terrorist prior and during the Orlando massacre, however new evidence may debunk this theory.
ABC News recently interviewed Robert Abell, the owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Florida where Mateen was unsuccessful to purchase body armor.
Abell’s statements indicate that the terrorist had been communicating with someone prior a little over a month from the attack.
“About five or six weeks ago, Omar Mateen came into the store and he was requesting body armor,” said Abell to the ABC News Reporters.
Abell also claims that Mateen immediately made a phone call after he was told that the store did not carry the type of body armor he was looking for.
“At this time, he pulled away and got on his cell phone. When he was on the cell phone he had a conversation in a foreign language. That was more concerning. Then he came back and he was requesting ammo. He wanted bulk ammo only. At that time, we declined any business and he left the store,” said Abell to ABC News.
The gun store owner even contacted the FBI to warn them about the suspicious behavior of the refused customer. But since Mateen did not end up purchasing anything, Abell was unable to give the authorities much information about his identity.
According to Abell’s statements, Mateen was not working alone. He had a confidante he was communicating with and it also sounds like he getting advice from them. His phone records could direct law enforcement to who was behind the scenes at the gun store that day. The FBI may already know who they are and with the media getting a whiff of a possible accomplice involved, it’s just a matter of time that the lone wolf story may be officially proved to be inaccurate.
Editor’s note: Of course he was working with others. The FBI are very good, but they are not omniscient. A good terrorist organization (and make no mistage, they ARE good) can easily handle covert communications, untraceable to most.