The details of the Orlando shooting are extremely disturbing. Police have now reported that Omar Mateen was texting his wife during the massacre — and that she had responded with ‘I love you.’
Approximately two hours after he began the attack at Pulse nightclub on June 12, Omar Mateen texted his wife Noor Salman asking if she had heard about the shooting on the news. This follows the reports claiming she actually knew his plans before the shooting, and has everyone wondering if she will now be charged as an accessory to murder.
During their texting conversation, Noor, 30, texted her husband, “I love you,” CBS News has confirmed. She also attempted to call him multiple times after reports surfaced of the shooting; he didn’t answer is phone.
Police are continuing to investigate how much she knew about her husband’s plans, and she is reportedly cooperating with the FBI. She did tell police she had driven Omar to the “hottest nightclub” prior to the shooting to check out the location, NBC News reported. She was also trying to talk her husband out of any action he may take — but never went to the police.
Law enforcement has not yet confirmed whether they will file against Noor as an accomplice. She also was reportedly there when Omar was purchasing ammunition and a holster. An FBI source also told Fox News that she could ultimately be charged with 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder for her role in the shooting — FBI has declared her role is both a terrorist attack and a hate crime.
If proof is found that she scouted the nightclub or went with her husband to buy firearms, knowing his plans, she could be just as guilty as he is.
During the massacre, actually posted on Facebook, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state. In the next few days, you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the USA,” Omar wrote on Facebook, according to a letter from Republican Senator Ron Johnson. Johnson is the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, per the AP. Another post read “the real Muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west,” though the letter did not specify when that was written.