So much for the “lone wolf” theory being peddled by the media and the administration. A recent ABC News interview with Robert Abell, owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Florida where terrorist Omar Mateen attempted unsuccessfully to purchase body armor, strongly suggests that the radical Islamist was working with at least one other individual.
“About five or six weeks ago, Omar Mateen came into the store and he was requesting body armor,” Abell told reporters. After being informed that the store did not carry the type of body armor he was looking for, Abell claims he immediately made a phone call.
“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.”
The whole incident was so suspicious to Abell, that the gun store owner contacted the FBI to warn them of the strange customer. Unfortunately, Abell didn’t have much information to give them, as he Mateen never purchased anything.
So, just who did Mateen call after he was told he couldn’t get the body armor he was looking for? The FBI should have Mateen’s phone records. The information provided by Abell should provide a lead to for law enforcement to find out who the terrorist’s associates were.
Watch the interview with Robert Abell: