The FBI has said that it has found no evidence that the gun attack in Florida that killed 49 people in a gay club was a hate crime.
Investigators in Orlando, Florida, have said that they’ve not found any evidence that the gun attack that left 49 dead and 53 injured was a hate crime or that the gunman chose the venue because it was a gay club.
Speaking to the Washington Post a spokesperson for the FBI said,
“While there can be no denying the significant impact on the gay community, the investigation hasn’t revealed that he targeted Pulse because it was a gay club.”
On the 12th June Omar Mateen entered the gay club Pulse at around 2AM, and began shooting indiscriminately at the patrons. He killed 49 people and injured 53 more in a rampage that lasted several hours.
After the attack there were a some reports that Mateen had downloaded and used several gay dating apps and had used them to lure victims to the clubs, however the FBI were unable to find any evidence to suggest that this was true.
There was also speculation that Mateen was HIV positive, however an autopsy report, which hasn’t been released to the public reveals this to be an untrue rumour.