29-year-old Omar Mateen has been identified as the man responsible for the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando that left 50 dead, and his father has now provided more information as to what may have fueled his son’s horrific rampage.
Mir Seddique spoke with NBC News about his son’s actions, saying “this has nothing to do with religion.”
“We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country,” he said.
Instead, Seddique suggested that the massacre may be related to an incident in Miami a couple of months ago in which Mateen got “very angry” over seeing two men kissing.
“We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music,” Seddique said. “And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry.”
“They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, ‘Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that,'” he added.
According to TMZ, Mateen “held a Florida security officer license and a state firearms license.”
UPDATE: CNN is reporting that Mateen was known to the FBI as “one of hundreds of people on the agency’s radar suspected of being ISIS sympathizers.”