Noor Zahi Salman Directly Involved in ISIS Attack
Omar Mateen and his wife Noor Zahi Salman exchanged text messages as he murdered 49 people, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN.
This is on top of evidence that she drove him on reconnaissance missions, was with him when he bought ammunition and probably seen him leave the house with Guns on the day of the attack.
Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, knew of his plans for what became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, said the law enforcement source, who has been briefed on the matter.
“With respect to the wife, I can tell you that is only one of many interviews that we have done and will continue to do in this investigation,” FBI Special Agent Ron Hopper told a news conference. “I cannot comment on the outcome or the outcome of that investigation.”
Mateen made multiple calls to 911 emergency services during his rampage, which he used to declare his allegiance to various Islamist militant groups, some of which are at odds with one another. He also called a local 24-hour cable news channel, News 13, the station revealed on its website on Wednesday.
Matthew Gentili, who was the producer on duty at the time, described the call in an interview with the station.
“‘I’m the shooter. It’s me. I am the shooter,'” Gentili described Mateen as saying. Gentili said Mateen also told him, “‘I did it for ISIS. I did it for the Islamic State.'”