Orlando shooter at club at least dozen times before, chatted with men on gay app

Internalized homophobia and shame are often a lethal combination potentially responsible for suicidal or homocidal behavior. Could that be part of the killers motivation in addition to whatever allegiances he may have had to ISIS and his hatred of (other) gay man?

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Omar Mateen

Witnesses say Sunday?s deadly rampage was not the first time shooter Omar Mateen had been to Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

He also had reportedly contacted men on a gay dating app.

Kevin West tells MSNBC that Mateen contacted him and at least one friend of his three months ago through a dating app called Jack?d.

?? He was saying things like, ?What clubs are popping and things of that sort, what are good places to go??? West tells MSNBC?s Chris Hayes.

According to several witnesses, the 29 year old had been to Pulse at least a dozen times before in the last three years and sometimes drank excessively.

?Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,? Ty Smith tells the Orlando Sentinal.

Added Smith: ?We didn?t really talk to…

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