The "pseudo-commando," a type of mass murderer driven by fantasies of revenge and fame, appears to have struck again. Omar Mateen, armed with a pistol and military lookalike rifle, entered a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday and shot his way into the annals of modern crime.
During the attack, which included a wild exchange of gunfire between Mateen and police, more than 100 people at Pulse nightclub were shot and wounded. Fifty, including Mateen, died.
"The pseudocommando often kills indiscriminately in public during the daytime, but may also kill family members and a 'pseudo-community' he believes has mistreated him," wrote James L. Knoll IV, a forensic psychiatrist, in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law in 2010. "He comes prepared with a powerful arsenal of weapons. . . . He has no escape planned and expects to be killed during the incident."