Last month, a Florida gun shop alerted FBI agents to a suspicious inquiry about a type of body armor requested by a prospective customer who the shop owners now believe may have been Orlando shooter Omar Mateen. The FBI confirmed the contact Friday, but said that "no meaningful investigative follow up'' was conducted because Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Fla., did not collect information that would have identified the person. The contact was made in May, according to the FBI, when agents visited the dealer while following up on an "unrelated investigative matter." "During this visit, Lotus personnel advised that there had been an individual who had been in the store days earlier asking about a specific type of body armor,'' the FBI stated. "Because the store did not carry that particular style of body armor, it referred this unknown individual elsewhere but was unable to collect any information about him, to include name, date of birth, charge card, telephonic information or e-mail address.'' Following Sunday's shooting at the Pulse, Lotus notified the FBI that the person who visited the store the previous month resembled the nightclub gunman.
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