Two active-duty Marines at Camp Pendleton in California are under investigation after allegedly posting an anti-gay threat on social media.
In a now-deleted Facebook photo, a corporal in uniform was shown holding the trigger of a rifle with the caption: “Coming to a gay bar near you.”
The post is believed to be a reference to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in which a suspected terrorist targeted Pulse, a gay nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others.
The photo was reportedly posted to a closed group exclusively for male Marines was also shared with the words “Too soon?” before the administrator, Michael Moss, deleted it.
“We rely on our members, who are comprised of all active duty and veteran service members, to help moderate, which they did,” Moss told CBS. “As a group, we do not condone any type of hate speech or threats.”
First Lt. Thomas Gray, a spokesperson for the I Marine Expeditionary Force, assured the Marine Corps Times the incident is being taken "very seriously."
"The Marine Corps does not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religion," a statement says. "...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 case coincides with another threat that was posted to Craigslist, targeting the San Diego gay community. It was posted in the “men seeking men” section of the free ad website.
The post, which has since been removed, read: “Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name. Those people were walking diseases, bug chasers, and thank god for AIDS and 9-11 and now Orlando. San Diego you are next…'"
The FBI and San Diego Police Department is investigating the ominous ad.