Exclusive: Former co-worker of Orlando shooter says he seemed like ‘someone who could do a surprise attack’

Orlando killer Omar Mateen displayed such violent tendencies that people who worked with him speculated about the possibility of his carrying out an attack, a former co-worker has exclusively told Fusion Investigates.

In an interview from his Fort Pierce home on Monday night, Michael Laycock, 30, described Mateen’s behavior as often volatile and “tainted by extreme religious beliefs,” such as those demanding that wives be subservient to their husbands.

Laycock said he worked with Mateen at the Fort Pierce Courthouse as a security contractor for the firm G4S around 2013.

Mateen seemed to take pride in “not necessarily being a fighter, but being someone who could do a surprise attack,” he told Fusion. “He was definitely a very aggressive person.”

Laycock said that he wasn’t surprised to hear that Mateen was the man who shot and killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub.

“Our supervisor at the site had said that he might do something like this,” he said.

When asked if he had seen something like what happened at Pulse coming, Laycock said, “I could see it.”

According to Laycock, Mateen was questioned by the FBI while he worked at the Fort Pierce Courthouse around 2013. He said Mateen told him it was because he “knew the Boston Bomber.”

Shortly after he was questioned by the FBI, Mateen was transferred away from the courthouse. Laycock said he was moved to an “unarmed site.”

Even so, G4S did not confiscate Mateen’s weapon and he didn’t have his permit to carry a gun canceled as a result of the questioning. Laycock said that although Mateen displayed clearly violent and extreme tendencies, there was no solid proof that he had actually acted on them.

“The right people were paying attention, there just wasn’t enough action,” he said. “Yes, there was a chance he was a possible danger, but not enough to hold him…no concrete evidence.”

You can find all of Fusion’s ongoing coverage of Orlando here.

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