Wife of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Arrested in San Francicso
The wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco in connection with the mass shooting that left 49 people dead, it has been reported.
Following the Pulse nightclub shooting in June, Salman virtually disappeared from the public eye and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.
She’s now facing charges of aiding and abetting Mateen, as well as obstruction of justice in the mass shooting—the deadliest in modern U.S. history.
Salman, 30, is slated to make a court appearance in San Francisco on Tuesday, CBS News reported.
“I can confirm the arrest did occur,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told on MSNBC on Monday. “This is a matter that we continue to take very seriously,” she added.
Mateen pledged allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group during the standoff, in which he was killed by SWAT team members.
Earlier reports indicated that she told law enforcement officials that her husband had become radicalized a year before the shooting. According to the New York Times, Salman was investigated in the hours after the attack and officials believed she wasn’t telling the truth.
Law enforcement sources told CBS they’ve suspected Salman had a role in the nightclub attack, noting that Salman had purchased ammunition with her husband. They also believe she drove with Mateen before he shot up the Pulse Nightclub.