UPDATED: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 11:30 AM EST
According to NBC, Omar Mateen’s current wife told the FBI she tried to talk him out of an attack.
Noor Salman told officials she drove Mateen to Pulse nightclub previously, adding that she attempted to dissuade him from carrying out “any kind of attack.”
Sources familiar with the investigation say Salman was also with Mateen when he purchased a holster and ammunition.
Law enforcement officials said authorities are considering filing criminal charges against her for failing to tell them what she knew before the attack, but no decision has been made yet.
This is a developing story.
“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,” said Ty Smith, a frequent patron of the club.
The Los Angeles Times reports four people saw Mateen multiple times at the LGBTQ nightclub where he used a semiautomatic and a handgun to murder 49 people and injure over 50 early Sunday morning.
“We didn’t really talk to him a lot, but I remember him saying things about his dad at times,” Smith said. “He told us he had a wife and child.”
One patron, Kevin West, said that he and Mateen exchanged messages off and on for about a year on Jack’d, a dating app used by gay men. They never met until West walked past Mateen as he entered the club an hour before the deadly rampage.
“He walked directly past me. I said, ‘Hey,’ and he turned and said, ‘Hey,’ and nodded his head,” West told the Times. “I could tell by the eyes.”
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said he had no information on Mateen’s former sightings.
Many harrowing details have emerged about Mateen, including reports that he pledged allegiance to ISIS before and during the attack. He allegedly announced solidarity with the Tsarnaev brothers, responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
The FBI confirms they investigated Mateen in 2013 and 2014 and added his name to a terror watch list. He was removed after an investigation proved no substantial leads.
Orlando Gunman Visited Pulse Nightclub, Wife Tried To Talk Him Out Of Attack was originally published on newsone.com
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