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Orlando Gunman Sent Texts To His Wife During Attack

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Noor Salman and Omar MateenNoor Salman and Omar Mateen

Gunman Omar Mateen sent text messages to his wife during the June 12 Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Mateen's wife, Noor Zahi Salman, was awakened by a phone call from Marteen's mother at around 2 a.m., who was asking if Salman knew where he was—she did not, a source close to the family told NBC News June 16.

“Where are you,” read the text Salman sent to Mateen around 2:30 a.m., about 30 minutes after his attack on the nightclub began.

“Do you see what’s happening?” he asked.

Salman told him no, the source said.

“I love you, babe,” Mateen reportedly responded.

The exchange of text messages between Mateen and Salman were confirmed by federal law enforcement. After the texts were made, she repeatedly tried to call him on his cell phone.

He did not answer her calls, a law enforcement officer said, according to CNN.

At 4 a.m., Salman was made aware of what her husband had done when police came to their home and forced her to come outside with her hands up, according to the NBC News source.

Mateen killed 49 people during the attack, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. He was shot and killed by police.

Salman reportedly gave investigators conflicting statements about what she knew of Mateen’s plans, which has prompted them to investigate her, CNN reports.

In one statement, Salman said that Mateen told her he had interests in carrying out a jihadist attack, but she denied knowing of any specific plans.

She initially told investigators that she did not know Mateen planned to do something violent when he left their home on June 11, but later said that she had a suspicion an attack may have been planned.

Salman did not, at any time, contact authorities about Mateen’s thoughts or possible plans.

A U.S. attorney will present evidence to a federal grand jury to determine whether charges should be filed against Salman.

Sources: NBC News, CNN (2) / Photo credit: Facebook via Heavy​

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