Report: Wife of Orlando Shooter Tried Talking Him Out of Attack
The wife of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen was by his side when he purchased ammunition—and she even drove him to the Pulse nightclub—where he carried out his shooting rampage that killed 49 people.
Noor Zahi Salman, the second wife of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, might face charges for not telling officials about his plans, officials told NBC News.
Salman told the FBI that she was with Mateen when he bought ammo and a holster, saying she took him to the Pulse club at least once to scope it out, sources told the network. Salman said she tried to talk him out of the attack, they added. Several unnamed officials added that she is cooperating with the investigation.
No decision has been made in charging Salman.
Salman has not spoken to any media outlets about the attack. Her Facebook account was deleted following the attack.
A WVSN-7 reporter, Brian Entin captured a video of Salman. Entin wrote that there was a “man with Mateen’s wife not answering questions & neither is she.” A locksmith who was with them was “shocked to learn who she is.”
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) June 14, 2016
In the video, a man is heard asking: “Mrs. Salman, did you know your husband was a terrorist?”
Mateen died in a shootout with cops following the mass shooting, the deadliest in modern American history—and the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
Mateen, 29, was born in New York to Afghan parents before they ended up in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is about two hours away from Orlando by car. He graduated with an associate’s degree in criminal justice in 2006. Since 2007, he worked as a private security guard.
His ex-wife, Sitora Yusufi, posted a message on her Facebook page. She wrote:
Great Spirit I offer my deepest prayer and condolences to the victims of the Orlando shooting… May they transition in peace may their souls be healed, may the wounded victims recover and heal in peace, may the families and loved ones heal and find their peace…. Archangel Michael Please protect us from suffering and the suffered…. Please protect us from hate, violence, anger and instability…. Amen.
In a separate interview with the Washington Post, Yusufi said she met Mateen online and moved to Florida in 2009 to be with him, but their relationship turned sour.
“He was not a stable person. He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that…He seemed like a normal human being. He was a very private person,” she told the paper.