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Wife of Orlando terror suspect was aware of plans to attack gay nightclub

June 14, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Wife of Orlando terror suspect was aware of plans to attack gay nightclub

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The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who massacred 49 innocent people and wounded 53 more, apparently knew of her husband’s plans to carry out the attack and did nothing to stop him.

Noor Salman, Omar Mateen’s wife, has been interviewed by FBI agents in the days since the attack.

Salman confessed to authorities that Mateen informed her of his plans to carry out the deadly attack, and it is believed that Mateen may have even called her while he was at Pulse carrying out the slaying, according to a source. Salman also knew details of Mateen’s gun purchases before the attack.

According to Fox News, Salman is reportedly cooperating with investigators and shared information regarding Mateen’s violent goals. According to a source, she is likely to be arrested.

A U.S. official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the FBI is further investigating claims that Mateen had attended Pulse multiple times prior to the attack. It has also been reported that Salman drove Mateen to Pulse on a prior occasion.

As JammedUp previously reported, another man said he recognized the gunman from a gay hookup and dating app, which adds a new layer of complexity to the investigation of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, four Pulse regulars had reported that they had seen Mateen before at the club.

Ty Smith claimed to see the gunman at least a dozen times and said in a statement: “Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent.”

He continued, “We didn’t really talk to him a lot, but I remember him saying things about his dad at times. …He told us he had a wife and child.”

Chris Callen, Smith’s husband, told the Canadian Press that he had seen Mateen at the club regularly for about three years.

According to the Associated Press, 71-year-old Jim Van Horn regularly frequented the club and knew Mateen as another regular.

Van Horn said on Monday, “He was trying to pick up people. Men.” Van Horn met Mateen only once; however, Mateen reportedly opened up to him about his ex-wife.

In an interview, Van Horn stated: “My friends came out from the back and said, ‘Let’s go take pictures on the patio. …So I left. And then they told me they didn’t want me talking to him because they thought he was a strange person.”

Kevin West dropped his friend off at Pulse around 1 a.m. on Sunday and saw Mateen crossing the street. He told the LA Times that Mateen had been messaging him on and off on the gay dating app Jack’d for about a year.

“He walked directly past me. I said, ‘Hey,’ and he turned and said, ‘Hey,'” said West. “I could tell by the eyes.”

Just one hour later, Mateen began his three-hour shooting rampage with his AR-16 rifle and his handgun. During the attack, he called 911 pledging allegiance to ISIS.

Alternatively, the Wall Street Journal reported that Mateen had also expressed anti-gay views at Indian River State College, where he received his associate’s degree in 2006. However, the Journal also said that he never discussed his religious views during his classes.

Smith and Callen also told the Canadian Press that they stopped talking to Mateen after he pulled out a knife on them after taking offense to a joke made by one of their friend’s.

Callen told the media outlet: “He said if [the friend] ever messed with him again. You know how it’ll turn out.”

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