The family of a gunman who fatally killed at least 50 people, and injured 53 more, at a gay nightclub in Orlando, have said the shooter may have been motivated by a hatred for the LGBT community.
The family of gunman Omar Mateen, who killed at least 50 people and injured a further 53, after opening fire inside a gay nightclub in the Florida city of Orlando, may have been motivated by pure hate against the LGBT community.
The Port St. Lucie, Florida, resident was identified by various law enforcement officials, and a possible link to Islamist extremism suggested by the FBI.
However, Mateen’s father, Mir Seddique, described to NBC News how it may have been a recent incident involving two men showing each other affection that set the gunman off.
“We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry,” Mir Seddique, told NBC News, explaining “They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, ‘Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.’ And then we were in the men’s bathroom and men were kissing each other.’
Seddique added that he did not believe his son’s actions, which he condemned, had anything to do with religion.
Having killed at least 50 people, the attack is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.