WUOMFM

Detroit's LGBT and federal officials meet after mass killing

Jun 18, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit-area federal officials say they have met with LGBT community leaders in response to last weekend's mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios hosted Thursday's gathering. Attendees included representatives of Equality Michigan, the Ruth Ellis Center, Affirmations and LGBT Detroit.

Gelios said in a statement Friday it's "essential to reassure" Michigan residents of "the FBI's commitment to protecting the civil rights of all persons."

LGBT Detroit's Curtis Lipscomb said he and others representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and organizations "are pleased to receive the support and resources" of federal officials.

Officials say 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured early Sunday when Omar Mateen went into Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, and began shooting.