Mir Seddique, Mateen’s father told NBC News, that his son saw two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago and this angered him, adding that it had ‘nothing to do with religion’.
US president Barack Obama has said the nightclub shooting in Orlando was an ‘act of terror’ and an ‘act of hate’.
He said the FBI is investigating the massacre as an act of terrorism, and added that no effort will be spared to determine whether the shooter was affiliated with terrorist groups.
‘This is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American regardless or race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us and the fundamental values and dignity that define us as a country,” he added.
‘This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, in a house of worship or in a movie theater or in a nightclub.
‘We have to decided if that is the type of country we want to be. To actively to do nothing is a decision as well.’