Friends and allies of LGBT folks were also in Omar Mateen's line of fire.
While investigators pore over about 100 leads, the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Orlando Police said at a news conference notifying next of kin is their top priority.
Seddique Mir Mateen spoke to reporters about his son, Omar Mateen, and he clarified his remarks following the massacre at Pulse early Sunday.
Describing the murdered and wounded patrons as "followers of Lot," a spokesman hailed Omar Mateen and his bloody "incursion."
Buddy Dyer held a news conference this morning with the latest information following the massacre at Pulse.
One of those who escaped the carnage at Pulse may not have been wounded physically, but mentally he is suffering mightily.
Watering holes and dance clubs are where we grow up, commiserate, and fall in love. An attack on them is an assault on our way of life.