Days after the tragic Orlando shooting in Florida over the weekend, reports have indicated that the suspect, Omar Mateen, had actually considered the popular Disney World as his first target.
According to a report from the Fox News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently verifying the veracity of reports that Mateen had been planning to bomb the theme park, a plan that was apparently thwarted for whatever reasons, fortunately.
The investigation stemmed from a report from People citing an anonymous source who claims that the lone gunman was initially planning the popular theme park as its target.
Mateen is considered, as of late, the lone suspect behind what is now considered the worst shooting incident in the history of the United States, although there is no direct evidence that would suggest that Mateen solely orchestrated the deadly rampage that resulted to the death of 49 individuals in an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
A source familiar with the investigation told Fox News that the bureau is still looking into the veracity of the reports, and “it’s still early” to arrive at a generalization. The source added that FBI agents are already conducting forensic investigation on the suspect’s phone to gather evidence as to whether he was considering the park as its target and whether he was indeed alone in carrying out the attack.
Meanwhile, a report from the Washington Post indicates that U.S. President Barack Obama himself believes Mateen was considered a “homegrown” extremist who was radicalized online.
The 25-year-old New York-born man with Afghan descent pledged allegiance to ISIS and made suspicious travels to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and 2012. As of press time, authorities including the FBI are still searching for clues that could shed light on the incident to know whether Mateen collaborated with external terrorist groups.