Documentary film footage has emerged of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen.
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"It has come to our attention that a security guard that we spoke to in our documentary 'The Big Fix' was Omar Mateen"
Forty-nine people died when Mateen opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub in the early hours of Sunday. It was the worst mass shooting in US modern history.
The video, filmed in 2010 when Mateen was working as a security guard, shows him talking about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mateen was unwittingly filmed by the makers of ‘The Big Fix’ documentary, as he guarded a Florida beach where the clean up was taking place.
In the secretly-filmed video footage, Mateen talks flippantly about the environmental disaster.
“They’re, like, hoping for more oil to come out and more people to complain so they’ll have the jobs,” he says of the clean-up crews.
The filmmakers, Josh and Rebecca Tickell, said in a statement on Wednesday that they had turned in their footage to authorities.
“It has come to our attention that a security guard that we spoke to in our documentary ‘The Big Fix’ was Omar Mateen. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide them with access to the footage should it be helpful in their investigation.
“We do not want to add any more undue attention to the shooter. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of the massacre, we grieve with you,” the written statement read.