As we reported last night, authorities have revealed there may have been at least one accomplice to Orlando shooter Omar Mateen — and that they “expect” to make an arrest soon.
Now, it appears that Mateen’s wife may be among those authorities could charge in relation to the brutal massacre that left 49 dead and 53 injured.
As NBC News reports, Mateen’s wife Noor Zahi Salman knew of his plans in advance. And though she says she tried to talk him out of it, she failed to report it to the authorities and thereby save the lives of 49 innocent souls.
The Orlando gunman’s wife has told federal agents she tried to talk her husband out of carrying out the attack, NBC News has learned.
Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, told the FBI she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster, several officials familiar with the case said. She told the FBI that she once drove him to the gay nightclub, Pulse, because he wanted to scope it out.
Mateen opened fire at Pulse early Sunday, leaving 49 dead and 53 injured. Twenty-seven victims remained hospitalized Tuesday. Six were in critical condition, according to hospital officials who said the death toll was still at risk of rising because one or two of those patients were “profoundly ill.”
Authorities are considering filing criminal charges against Noor for failing to tell them what she knew before the brutal attack, law enforcement officials say, but no decision has been made.
She is cooperating with investigators, several officials say.
Mateen died in a shootout with police following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history — and the most deadly act of terror in the country since 9/11.
Hard to imagine how Salman can live with herself now, knowing that she could have prevented the deaths of 49 — not to mention the lifetime scars left on families and friends of the victims and those 53 injured who will bear scars externally and internally for the rest of their lives.
The only positive I (Michelle Jesse) can see in this latest development is that Salman is cooperating with investigators and, as such, can provide a potential treasure trove of information to help us better understand Mateen’s motivations, whether he was connected to anyone else — and, above all, what we need to do to prevent more of these radical Islam-inspired attacks on our homeland.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]