Former friend of Orlando shooter speaks out

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jun 21, 2016

Mohammed Malik, a former friend of the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, is speaking to NBC Nightly News.

Malik recently wrote a compelling piece in the Washington Post claiming he was the one who reported Mateen to the FBI in 2014 after Mateen told him he was watching jihadist videos.

“Omar had mentioned to me that he had seen videos of Anwar al Awlaki, which threw up a red flag for me and I asked him what he thought about them and he told me they were very powerful which raised the flag even more for me,” Malik said.

He added, “If we see something wrong, we’re going to say something about it. We don’t want to see innocent people or anybody get hurt.”

You can watch more of Malik’s interview during a report from Gabe Gutierrez on NBC Nightly News at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on WPTV.