ORLANDO, FL – The wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mir Seddique Mateen told the FBI that her husband said he wanted to carry out a jihadist attack, though she denied knowledge of his plans to launch the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a law enforcement official told CNN on Tuesday.
FBI investigators don’t believe Noor Salman was a co-conspirator in the attack that killed 49 people Sunday morning at Pulse Nightclub, the source said. Salman told FBI agents she tried to dissuade Mateen from doing anything violent, the source said.
A separate source told CNN that Salman had some prior knowledge of her husband’s intention to launch an attack.
The development comes as investigators try to understand what prompted to Mateen to carry out the devastating attack. Forty-nine people were killed early Sunday and 53 people were wounded. Officials said that 28 victims are still hospitalized, including at least four people who are in critical condition.
Justice Department prosecutors and FBI investigators are reviewing Noor Salman’s account and other evidence to determine whether to bring charges against her for allegedly failing to report her knowledge of his general plans to carry out some kind of attack.
Such charges could include misprision, a deliberate concealment of knowledge of a pending crime.
When he left their home Saturday, hours before the mass shooting, Mateen lied about where he was going, she told federal investigators.