Orlando Shooter's Father Hosted Political TV Show From L.A. Studio
"We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident," Seddique Mateen told reporters on Sunday following the massacre.
The father of the gunman responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history hosted a TV show that was filmed in the San Fernando Valley, according to reports and videos posted online.
Seddique Mateen hosted his show, Durand Jirga, from Canoga Park on the satellite network Payam-e-Afghan. On the show, he discussed politics concerning his home country, Afghanistan, according to numerous videos of Mateen's show posted on YouTube under an account with his name. The area code to call into the show is "818," which is largely utilized in San Fernando Valley.
It is unclear exactly which Canoga Park studio Mateen used for the show.
Mateen's son, a 29-year-old American citizen who claimed allegiance to ISIS, committed the worst mass shooting in America early Sunday morning. Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured when the gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub. The shooter was killed by police.
Mateen told reporters on Sunday that his son expressed anger over recently seeing two men express affection for each other in front of him.
"We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident," Mateen told NBC News. "We weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country. This had nothing to do with religion."