Alleged shooter's father says his son was angry over 'men kissing'

The father of Omar Mateen, the man who allegedly shot and killed at least 50 in a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, said he's not sure why his son would have fired on a group of people,  but that he had become angry a couple of months ago when he saw two men kissing on a Miami street.

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“We are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he was taking. We are in shock, like the whole country,” Mir Seddique told NBC News.

Seddique said he doesn’t believe the mass shooting had anything to do with religion.

Police said Mateen was a U.S. citizen, born in New York City. 

Click here to see the NBC report.

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