Orlando shooter reportedly scouted Disney Springs as potential target

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PHOTO BY JEREMY REPER
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The shooter responsible for the mass shooting that killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub reportedly scouted Walt Disney World's Disney Springs as a potential target. 

A federal law enforcement source told People.com on Sunday that the shooter, Omar Mateen, and his wife had been in Orlando last April "scouting Downtown Disney and Pulse [nightclub] for attacks."

Last year Downtown Disney, which is a popular off-theme park property, was renamed Disney Springs.  

According to reports from the FBI, Mateen called 911 before entering the gay Orlando nightclub, Pulse, and pledged his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.

Earlier today, President Obama said there is no evidence the Orlando shooter was part of larger plot or directed by ISIS.


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