Orlando shooter reportedly on cellphone and social media during rampage

Police cars surround the Pulse Orlando nightclub, the scene of a fatal shooting, in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, FL (WPRI) — According to new reports, Omar Mateen was active on social media and texted his wife during the shooting rampage that left 49 people dead and dozens injured. It has been dubbed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Just two hours after he began the deadly shooting, Mateen texted his wife, who tried to call him several times. At one point she told him she loved him.

Mateen also searched Facebook before and during the massacre, to allegedly check if the shooting was trending on social media. In his final post, he wrote: “In the next few days, you will see attacks from the Islamic State in the USA”.

Now, Homeland Security officials are asking Facebook to release all of the data on Mateen’s account and affiliated accounts. He has been linked to five different Facebook profiles.

During the attack Mateen also made calls to 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS as well as a local news station.

Investigators are looking at all possible financial support Mateen may have received from family members, including his father.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited a growing memorial in Orlando on Thursday. They left 49 white roses to honor the dead.

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