Orlando Shooter Was Texting His Wife During Attack

| by Sheena Vasani
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Officials reveal the Orlando shooter was texting his wife while he carried out the attack on Pulse nightclub on June 12.

Around two hours after he began killing club-goers, Omar Mateen texted his wife, Noor Salman, asking if she’d watched the news, CNN reports.

Salman texted back that she loved him. She repeatedly kept calling him after she allegedly learned what he had done. He did not answer.

Authorities are now investigating Salman because they believe she has given conflicting accounts about how much she knew.

Salman has told officials she had known for a while that her husband was interested in carrying out a jihadist attack, stating he had spoken about it for years. She reportedly says she never had any idea about specific plans.

Later she revealed she did have a suspicion that he was going to carry out an attack on June 12, possibly against Pulse nightclub.

Officials are also investigating other messages Mateen had written before the attack.

Before and during the shooting, Mateen posted threatening statements on Facebook.

"America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state," he reportedly wrote. "You kill innocent women and children by doing us taste the Islamic state vengeance."

''In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa,” he reportedly added in his final post.

Officials are still unclear what Mateen's real motives were and how much of them have to do with ISIS or personal issues.

After evidence revealed Mateen used gay dating apps, some speculate he could have been a closeted homosexual struggling with his sexuality.

His ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, said it wouldn’t surprise her if he was gay and experiencing such inner conflict.

"I'm not a psychiatrist, but the struggle with his humanity, his sexuality, combined with the potential for putting the onus on an organization that's asking people to do this -- asking extremists to do these kinds of things -- is an interesting dynamic," CNN military analyst  Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said.

"And that's the thing that makes this case so extremely difficult,” he added.

Sources: CNN (2) / Photo credit: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles via Eurasia Review


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