Anyone remember the wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter in Orlando? She just sort of…disappeared after the attack. Strange, don’t you think?
Following the massacre in June, it was quickly revealed that she, Noor Salman, had known about the plans of her husband, Omar Mateen, beforehand. She accompanied him on visits to the nightclub before the attack, as he scouted out his location – and also accompanied him on at least one trip to purchase ammunition. She claims she “didn’t know he was buying ammunition to kill people” – but phone records reveal that she was texting him during the attack.
She also was listed as the official witness on documents Mateen signed transferring ownership of his house to his sister before the attack, and her mother is an outspoken supporter of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.
Needless to say, it was no surprise that she disappeared just weeks after the attack as the evidence against her began to pile up. Now, over 6 months after the attack, law enforcement finally located her hiding away in a sanctuary city where she didn’t find sanctuary for long.
Mateen, her husband, killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in June, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. He died after a gunbattle with police in the club. Salman was questioned by authorities after the shooting and there were reports that she might be charged for failing to report her husband’s murderous plans. But she remained free for months and moved from Florida to several locations around Southern California, where her family lives.
She even gave an interview to the New York Times in November, in which she said she was “unaware” of her husband’s evil intentions. “I don’t condone what he has done. I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people,” she said.
Why was she not located and arrested when the New York Times interviewed her in November? Who knows – maybe the FBI forgot about her just like the rest of us.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]