Orlando shooting: Omar Mateen's wife knew he was planning Pulse attack

Jun 16, 2016, 08:16 IST | Agencies

Noor Salman was allegedly with him when he bought ammunition and she drove him to Pulse when he wanted
to scope out the area; might be charged as accomplice

New York: The wife of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen may face criminal charges after reports emerged that she was aware of his plots to attack a gay nightclub and was with him when he bought ammunition.

Noor Salman with husband Omar Mateen in an undated photo

Noor Zahi Salman told the FBI she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster and she once drove him to the gay nightclub, Pulse, because he wanted to scope it out, a report in the NBC News quoted several officials familiar with the case as saying.

30-year-old Salman, Mateen’s second wife, told federal agents that she tried to talk her husband out of carrying out the attack, the news website said.

Criminal charges
The report said authorities are considering filing criminal charges against Salman for failing to tell them what she knew before the brutal attack but no decision has been made.

Officials said Salman is cooperating with investigators.

Federal prosecutors have convened a grand jury to investigate Mateen’s wife seeking to charge her as an accessory to 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder as well as with failure to notify law enforcement about the pending terrorist attack and lying to federal agents, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News.                 

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