Omar Mateen's father says Pulse nightclub’s security staff is partially responsible for the mass shooting that took 49 lives on June 12.
In an interview with Sky News, Seddique Mateen said he wished his son was alive so he could ask him why he shot up Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Daily Mail reported. He also claimed that religion had nothing to do with the shooting.
Omar Mateen, 29, was killed by SWAT officers on June 12 after he used an assault rifle to kill 49 people at the popular gay nightclub. While Seddique said his son was responsible for the horrific event, he said security staff should also share the blame.
“The first thing I want to say is that the club should have had good security,” Seddique told Sky News. “The club [when] 300 or 400 people are coming, they should have had a good security.
“My personal feeling [is] he is responsible, the club is responsible for not having good security. If there was a good communication with the security there, they could have protected much better.”
When asked why he thought his son was using gay online dating apps, Seddique said he wish he knew.
“I don't know what he was doing and I wish I did know,” said Seddique. “I don't know why he was using that, to get there and do something. I wish he was alive so I could ask him.”
In a video posted on Facebook on June 13, Seddique added that he was disappointed with his son’s actions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He also provided some insight on his thoughts on homosexuality, the Washington Post reported.
“God will punish those involved in homosexuality,” Seddique said, adding that it is “not an issue that humans should deal with.”
Omar had reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS while on the phone with police during the shooting. Seddique insisted that the shooting had “nothing to do with Islam.”
“Those killers, they call it ISIS in what I heard in the news,” Seddique added. “They are not religious people. They use the name of religion for their personal gain.”
The FBI confirmed that Omar was previously under investigation in May 2013 for “inflammatory and contradictory” comments he made about ties to terrorist groups. The investigation was closed in 2014, but his name came up again in July of that year after he was linked to a Syrian suicide bomber.