MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Omar Mateen's father claims his son became "very angry" when he saw two men kissing in downtown Miami a few months ago, and thinks it may have been part of his son's motivation.
"We weren't aware of any action he is taking," Mateen's father said. "We are in shock like the whole country," Mateen's father told reporters.
Earlier in the day, mass shooting occurred at a nightclub in Florida, wounding at least 42 people and killing 20. The gunman was killed by police during the hostage situation.
Shooter Omar Mateen, US born, parents are Afghans. Registered Democrat.— Sean Spoonts (@sean_spoonts) 12 June 2016
Mateen comes from Port St. Lucie, Florida, and had no criminal history, CBS News broadcaster reported, citing sources. According to the broadcaster, the authorities were investigating if Mateen had ties to Islamic terrorism.