Both professed shock at seeing his face on TV: "It's the same guy," said Callen, who performs under the name Kristina Mc Laughlin. He's been around us," Smith said Monday in an interview at the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida."He's been going to this bar for at least three years." They expressed incredulity at the story being told by Mateen's father in the wake of the shooting, that the gunman had once been scandalized during a visit to Miami by the sight of men kissing each other. "Some of those people did a little more than (kiss) outside the bar....
"He told us he had a wife and child." At least four regular customers of Pulse told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday they believed they had seen Mateen there before.
The Ty Smith and Chris Callen recalled the eventual killer being escorted drunk from the Pulse bar on multiple occasions, including one incident where he pointed a knife at a friend.
They say Mateen saw plenty of men kiss — and far closer to home than Miami. He was partying with the people who supposedly drove him to do this?
" Smith said the sometimes-visitor would show up with a buddy and let loose in a way he couldn't when he was closer to the family home in Port St. He couldn't drink when he was at home — around his wife, or family. He used to bitch about it." The Daily Beast reported today that Mateen often ate lunch at a diner where the waiter was a high-school classmate of Mateen's, an openly gay man who did drag.
Smith told the that he saw Mateen inside at least a dozen times.
"We didn't really talk to him a lot, but I remember him saying things about his dad at times," Smith said.