Two active-duty Marines are being investigated after threatening to attack gay bars in a social media post.
In a picture posted online, an unnamed corporal appears in uniform holding a rifle with his finger on the trigger and a caption reading “Coming to a gay bar near you!”
The photo, posted after the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, appeared on Camp MENdleton resale a Facebook group for male Marines at Camp Pendleton that has more than 25,000 members.
The poster it also wrote “Too soon?”
Michael Moss, the founder of the Camp MENdleton resale Facebook group, said on Facebook that the post was deleted as soon as it was reported, and the person was immediately banned.
“We do not tolerate hate speech,” he added.
The man in the photo and the person who posted it have been identified and are being investigated by Marine command, according to a spokesperson.
“We cannot discuss details of an ongoing investigation, but I can tell you the command is taking this incident seriously,” said First Lt. Thomas Gray.
In a statement, officials said the Marine Corps does not tolerate discrimination or threats based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religion,.
“This type of behavior and mindset will not be allowed, and it is not consistent with the core values of honor, courage and commitment that are demonstrated by the vast majority of Marines on a daily basis.”
A former Marine was instrumental in saving dozens of lives at Pulse nightclub on Saturday night: Imran Yousuf, who worked as a bouncer at the club, guided clubgoers through a back hallway that had an exit.