ORLANDO, Fla.—Governor Rick Scott plans to appeal a decision denying his request for a declaration of a state of emergency by federal officials following the Orlando nightclub massacre.

Spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said Tuesday that Scott doesn't understand why the request was denied, adding that an emergency was declared for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Federal Emergency Management Agency gives state's 30 days to appeal their decision.

FEMA officials say the disaster fund is not an appropriate source for such money. They also say most other governors of states where mass shootings have taken place didn't request such aid.


U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has told the gay community "we stand with you" and insisted that investigators are continuing to follow leads on the gunman and mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

She made the comments at a news conference Tuesday in Orlando, where she traveled to meet with prosecutors, first responders and victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

She says investigators will "go back ... and see if there's anything we could have missed or anything we could have done better" in terms of spotting gunman Omar Mateen as a threat.

She wouldn't give specifics about the investigation or a possible motive. She said "people often act out of more than one motivation" and called the June 12 massacre at the gay club "clearly an act of terror and an act of hate." She added that a motive may never be known.