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Florida gun store owner warned FBI weeks ago about Omar Mateen

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/17/2016 LEONARD GREENE

A Florida gun owner says Omar Mateen was asking specific questions about body armor and bulk ammunition. - Joe Raedle/Getty Images © Joe Raedle/Getty Images A Florida gun owner says Omar Mateen was asking specific questions about body armor and bulk ammunition. - Joe Raedle/Getty Images A Florida gun store owner said he tried to flag the FBI after Omar Mateen tried to buy body armor and an arsenal of ammunition nearly two months before the Orlando nightclub shooting, according to a report.

Robert Abell, a co-owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Fla., said one of his staffers thought it was “odd” that his customer was asking specific questions about high-end body armor and bulk ammunition, according to ABC News.

Abell said he called the local FBI office in West Palm Beach and reported the incident.

"We gave them information and everything that took place, and that was the end of the conversation," Abell said.

But without a sale, the store didn’t have the man’s name, and its surveillance video was too grainy identify the customer.

But Abell and his staff recognized Mateen after news reports about the nightclub massacre Sunday that killed 49 people and wounded dozens more before he was gunned down by police.

Abell said he and his staff had done their jobs.

"He slipped through the cracks," Abell said.

The FBI investigated Mateen twice in 2013 and 2014 for alleged ties to extremists, and determined that he was not a threat.

FBI Director James Comey said Monday there was nothing his "agents should have done differently."

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