Two active-duty Marines, who made a social media post allegedly threatening to attack gay bars, are now under investigation.
The incident followed Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at an Orlando gay pub called Pulse, in Florida.
According to Marine Corps Times, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based in California, had initiated a command investigation.
The investigation was launched after a photo was posted on a Facebook closed group known as Camp MENdleton resale. The photograph showed a corporal wearing uniform.
The corporal was holding a rifle with his finger near the trigger. “Coming to a gay bar near you!” was the caption that appeared at the bottom of the photo.
The closed Facebook group was meant for male Marines. It had more than 25,000 members. The person, who allegedly made the post on the group, also wrote “Too soon?”
The post was made after Sunday’s terror attack on the gay nightclub. The shooter, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people, while wounding 53.
A statement was released by the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force on Thursday, says NBC News. The statement said they never give any space to discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religion.
They said that the body was investigating a threatening social media post right now. They also stated that proper action will be taken by the body after the investigation is concluded.
“This type of behavior and mindset will not be allowed, and it is not consistent with the core values of honor, courage and commitment that are demonstrated by the vast majority of Marines on a daily basis,” the statement reads.
It was also reported that Michael Moss, the founder of the Facebook group, said that the image was deleted as soon as it was reported. He also informed the press that the person who made the post was banned from the group right then.
However, according to the statement made by the body, details of the ongoing investigation cannot be discussed.
First Lt. Thomas Gray said that the command is dealing with this incident on a very serious level.