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BREAKING: Officers: Suspected Orlando shooter pledges allegiance to ISIS

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UPDATE: Law enforcement officials tell NBC News that before the Orlando club shooting, Omar Mateen called 911 and swore allegiance to ISIS.

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While no one may ever know what was truly going through the head of the man who shot over 100 people at a gay Orlando nightclub on Sunday, his family says he may have been motivated by pure hate against the LGBT community.

Various law-enforcement officials have identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, 29, who was born in New York and lived in Port . St. Lucie, Florida.

Because of his name and heritage, there were immediately questions about Islamic fundamentalism — but his father said it may have been a recent incident involving two men showing each other affection that set the gunman off.

"We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry," Mir Seddique, told NBC News on Sunday. "They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, 'Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.' And then we were in the men's bathroom and men were kissing each other.'

"We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident," said Seddique. "We weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country."

Seddique added, "this had nothing to do with religion."

Driving the point home that religion was a consideration in the mind of investigators, at a 10:30 a.m. news conference officials brought members of the Muslim community to speak.

Police did not explicitly say Mateen was Muslim, but Islamic groups put out statements condemning the carnage.

"We condemn this monstrous attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured. The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence," the Council on American-Islamic Relations Orlando Regional Coordinator Rasha Mubarak said in a statement

Seddique said Mateen was a husband and father to a 3-year-old son. He was born in New York and lived in Port St. Lucie, less than two hours south of Orlando.

He worked a security job and attended Indian River State College, his father added. He said Marteen has an associates degree in criminal justice.

"We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident," Seddique said. "We weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country."

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