Last week, it was widely reported that Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, was under the investigation of a federal grand jury seeking to charge her as an accessory to his crime.
Salman allegedly knew of her husband’s plans to carry out the attack, which killed 49 people, and had scoped out the nightclub where the shooting took place with Mateen earlier this month. “It appears she had some knowledge of what was going on,” Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said.
When she disappeared from the media spotlight it was assumed that law enforcement at least had an idea of where she was.
Well, you know what they say about people who “ass-u-me.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman.
Salman has indicated she suspected Mateen was about to commit a terrorist attack, and even accompanied him to buy the weaponry he used to carry out the massacre. She insists, however, that as he left she tried to hold onto his arm so he wouldn’t leave.
If the FBI believes she was aware of the impending attack, she could be prosecuted.
“Has the shooter’s wife left the state of Florida?” a reporter asked Lynch during her press conference Tuesday.
“Right now, I don’t know exactly the answer to that,” Lynch candidly replied. “I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now.”
Federal authorities revealed on Tuesday that the day before Omar Mateen went on his murderous rampage inside the gay nightclub, he purchased plane tickets for his family.