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FBI Gives Its Version of How the Orlando Shooter Slipped Through

  • Agency twice looked into Omar Mateen, once for 10 months
  • FBI’s Comey says Mateen was put on a watch list for a time
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FBI's Comey: Nothing Agents Could Do Differently

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The FBI investigated Orlando shooter Omar Mateen on multiple fronts and even put him on a government watch list for a time but eventually closed the inquiries because there wasn’t enough evidence to connect him to terrorism, FBI Director James Comey said.

That’s why no alarms went off earlier this month, when Mateen bought the guns that he used to kill 49 people in Sunday’s shooting spree at a gay dance club in Orlando, Florida, the FBI chief said Monday at a news conference in Washington.