Omar Mateen's Wife Just Got Some Really Bad News

| by Zara Zhi
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The widow of Orlando, Florida, shooter Omar Mateen may be indicted by federal court in relation to her husband's attack on a gay nightclub on June 12.

Authorities believe Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, may have known about her husband’s plan to terrorize Pulse nightclub or may have helped him carry it out.

Authorities suspected her involvement with the massacre after she gave contradicting statements about what she knew in the hours before the attack that took 49 lives.

The evidence is intended to be brought before a federal grand jury to determine if Salman will be charged, according to two law enforcement officials via CNN.

Mateen and Salman married in 2011 after meeting online. They have a 3-year-old son together. According to marriage records, Salman was born in the U.S. while her parents’ birthplaces were listed as “Palestine.”

Salman’s childhood neighbor from Rodeo, California, Jasbiner Chahal, told CBS News that Salman is “very nice ... not the smartest, but she was beautiful.”

“Noor never played in the street, and the girls were never allowed to drive,” says Chahal.

Salman was Mateen’s second wife after his first marriage to Sitora Yusufiy reportedly failed due to his abusive and unstable behavior.

Investigators are still collecting evidence against Salman and putting together Mateen’s timeline leading up to the shooting. It could be some time before a grand jury hearing for Salman, notes CNN.

Salman initially said she was unaware of Mateen’s plans but later told detectives her late husband told her about a plot to carry out an attack. She denied knowing any specific details.

According to one official, she knew "for a while" Mateen had thoughts of committing violent acts because he had discussed it before.

A second official says Salman told investigators she asked Mateen not to commit a violent act on June 11, a day before the attack. She did not call authorities with her suspicions.

Security video shows Salman accompanying her husband when he bought ammunition from a store, according to CBS News.

Investigators believe Salman drove Mateen to the nightclub before the attack.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says Mateen used Facebook before and during the attack, CNN reports.

“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes ... now taste the Islamic state vengeance,” Mateen allegedly wrote.

“In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic State [ISIS] in the usa.”

The FBI classified the assault on Pulse as both a terrorist attack and a hate crime.

Sources: CNN, CBS News / Photo credit: WPTV

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