La Verdad, by Ricardo Munoz, Sam Hutch, Oscar Milusos, and others.
Monday, June 20, 2016
(CNN)Each day brings new revelations about the man who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub this week.
Many are disturbing. Some give insight into what the killer was like. Some things we learned Friday make it seem like he was a man preparing to die.
The details also raise the question of what the people who touched his life knew, and whether they could have done anything to help prevent the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
But even with the picture of a killer coming into clearer focus, we still why don't know exactly why the man went into a bar with an assault-style rifle and a pistol, opened fire without warning and ended 49 lives while injuring dozens more.
Friday's developments include:
--School records that reveal he was in constant trouble as early as elementary school and throughout high school
--Law enforcement academy documents that reported he asked a fellow recruit in 2007 whether the classmate would report him if he brought a gun to school. The shooter, who also was caught sleeping in class several times, was later dismissed.
--Sources who told CNN the shooter in recent months apparently had made financial arrangements for his family, such as adding his wife to his life insurance and getting her access to his bank accounts.
--More information about his reported visit to a gun shop, where he acted so suspiciously while trying unsuccessfully to buy body armor and ammunition that the store owner said he called the FBI.
--News that two FBI agents spent an hour at a mosque where the shooter used to pray and spoke with officials.
--Word that the FBI is scrutinizing surveillance video recorded during the shooting.
The killer, Omar Mateen, apparently made some financial preparations for his family in the months before the attack, two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation told CNN on Friday.
That included adding the name of his wife, Noor Salman, to his life insurance policy and other documents, and making sure she had access to his bank accounts.
He also bought her an expensive piece of jewelry, the sources said.
"We know what he was planning. The question is, was she aware he was planning it and that's what (investigators are) going to be doing, trying to find out what pieces of the puzzle start making a picture of her liability or responsibility for it," CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara told "Erin Burnett OutFront." O'Mara noted that Salman likely had to go to the bank and sign documents to have access to her husband's accounts, and the FBI will look at that kind of evidence as it looks into what she might have known before the nightclub attack.
he also told investigators that in the weeks before the attack, her husband spent thousands of dollars, including money for the guns that he used.
In May, the shooter transferred for $10 his share of a house where his sister and brother live to the couple. The family did not return calls seeking comment Friday.
One source said the behavior suggested premeditation. "This wasn't something that (the shooter) decided to do in 30 seconds," the source said.
Trouble at school
As a student at Florida's Martin County High School, the future killer was suspended from for a total of 48 days -- five days out of school and 43 in-school suspension days, according to the school.
Among the suspensions were two for "fighting with injury," according to documents provided to CNN.
Years later, in 2007, Mateen's misbehavior led to his dismissal from the Florida Correction Academy at Indian River State College.
He "was not fit to serve as a member of the FDC (Florida Department of Corrections) team, as he was unable to meet the basic requirements of the correctional officer academy," that agency told CNN.
Among the documents provided to CNN were reports of Mateen falling asleep in class at least twice, and an incident where he inquired about whether a fellow recruit would say anything if he brought a gun to the school.
The school note about his dismissal said that gun incident was especially disturbing "in light of recent tragic events at Virginia Tech," a reference to the 2007 slaying of 32 people by a gunman; the Virginia Tech massacre had occurred just two days after the reported gun comments by Mateen.
It was nothing new for him to get in trouble at school.
He was disciplined for behavioral issues 31 times in elementary school and had repeated intervention from teachers and school psychologists, according to school records obtained by CNN. The records, which cover the school years 1992-1998, include a written report from his third grade teacher that describes him as being "verbally abusive, rude, aggressive, (and engaging in) much talk about violence."
CNN also had learned from a former classmate that Mateen threatened to bring a gun to school while he was in fifth grade and kill everyone.. The classmate could not recall the shooter's punishment but recalls "it was a very big deal at the time."