Mir Seddique, the father of suspected Orlando gunman Omar Mateen, released a statement to NBC News claiming that his religion did not play a part in his actions. He said that his son grew upset after witnessing two gay men kissing in Miami a few months ago.
According to reports, at least 50 people are dead and over 50 are injured. Seddique said that his family was “in shock” after news of the nightclub shooting broke early Sunday morning.
“We’re apologizing for the whole incident,” read Seddique’s statement. “We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country. This had nothing to do with religion.”
He claimed that seeing two men kiss in downtown Miami infuriated his son and believes this may have been the motive for the shootings.
“I apologize for what my son did. I don’t know why he did it. He is dead, so I can’t ask him. I wish I knew,” gunman’s father tells NBC News.
Mateen was an American citizen born to Afghan parents and acted alone when he began his rampage on customers of Pulse nightclub.