Mateen Told Police He Wanted to Strap Bombs to Hostages
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says Omar Mateen—the man who killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando—wanted to strap bombs to his hostages and strategically put them in different parts of the building. According to Dyer, Mateen revelaed that to police negotiators during the hostage situation. "We had independent verification of that," Dyer said Wednesday. "We had a lot of information from the inside and they independently were saying yes, the bomber is about to put on an explosive vest."