After their investigation, federal officials say they can find no evidence Florida shooter intentionally targeted the LGBT community.
The FBI has come forth with some results in their investigation regarding the shooter in the Pulse nightclub massacre case.
Early in the morning on June 12, Omar Mateen, entered the Pulse nightclub, an LGBT establishment in Orlando, FL., and opened fire on the crowd, killing 49 people and injuring 53.
Details of Mateen’s background and motive for the killings are still murky, but law officials say there is no evidence that the 29-year-old purposely pinpointed the LGBT community in his violent act.
“While there can be no denying the significant impact on the gay community,” a U.S. law enforcement official said to the Washington Post, “the investigation hasn’t revealed that he targeted Pulse because it was a gay club.”
Speculation about Mateen’s sexuality also came into question after the attack, some saying that he was a closeted gay man who felt rejected by the community.
One Grndr user said he remembers Mateen messaging him on the gay meetup app, but authorities say there is no evidence that he ever used the service.
Another app subscriber says he knew Mateen utilized several social hookup apps.
“I know Omar was definitely on Grindr,” said Cord Cedeno, 23, of Orlando. “One of my good friends knew him from Adam4Adam app. There’s no reason to make this kind of thing up. I would never lie about anything like this.”
Mateen’s ex-wife Sitora Yusufiy also made accusations that he was gay.
Although the FBI did extensive research through interviews, his computer files and other personal devices, they still found no evidence that Mateen was motivated to kill because of homophobia.
They also say eyewitnesses never heard Mateen use homophobic hate speech as he carried out the mass shooting.
Orlando city councilmember Patty Sheehan is gay and says that the gunman's motivations matter less to her than restoring a sense of safety within the community.
She also criticized Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Attorney General Pam Bondi who removed the LGBT community from the details.
“They said, ‘We’re not going to talk about guns, and we’re not going to talk about gays; this is an attack on all Americans,’ ” Sheehan said. “That’s what they want the narrative to be, and that’s nonsense. We need to have hate crimes on the books for LGBT, and we need weapons of war off our streets.”