GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Local Muslim groups are “deeply repulsed” by the terror attack at an Orlando nightclub carried out by a man who reportedly pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Omar Mateen, 29, armed with an AR-15, sprayed bullets at the Pulse, a gay nightclub, killing 49 and critically wounding many others. Mateen was killed early Sunday, June 12, in a gunfight with police.
“We are deeply repulsed to learn that the person behind the horrific attack has declared allegiance to the entity that erroneously and maliciously invokes the name of our faith to justify their evil deeds,” Grand Rapids-area Muslim groups said in a statement.
The statement was released by AT-Tawheed Islamic Center, Islamic Center of West Michigan, Bosnian Cultural Center and Islamic Cultural Center “Behar.”
The gunman was an American citizen, living in Fort Pierce, Fla., who worked as a security guard, the Associated Press said. His family originally came from Afghanistan.
His father speculated that his son’s anger over seeing two men kissing in Miami played a role in this country’s deadliest mass shooting. The gunman’s ex-wife said he was bipolar and “mentally unstable,” the AP said.