Omar Mateen’s spouse instructed FBI brokers she knew her husband was going to assault the Pulse nightclub after he spoke about jihad, visited a taking pictures vary, and scouted his goal within the months main as much as the mass taking pictures, in keeping with a handwritten assertion.
Hours after Mateen was shot useless by police contained in the Orlando nightclub the place he killed 49 folks on June 12, 2016, Noor Salman wrote the 12-page assertion whereas she was questioned with out a lawyer.
“I knew when he left the home he was going to Orlando to assault the Pulse nightclub,” Salman mentioned within the launched assertion obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
Salman, who was charged with aiding her husband and offering help to a international terrorist group together with obstructing justice final yr, has pleaded not responsible.
Her legal professionals are combating using the assertion throughout her trial on the grounds that she was not learn her Miranda rights whereas she was in custody.
About one week earlier than taking pictures, Salman mentioned she and her husband drove round Metropolis Place and Pulse nightclub with the home windows down. On each events, Mateen made feedback in regards to the public response to a membership being attacked.
In addition they visited Disney, throughout which Mateen reportedly mentioned, “What would make folks extra upset? An assault on Downtown Disney or a membership?”
When she caught him wanting on the Pulse nightclub web site, he instructed her, “That is my goal,” Salman recounted. She mentioned, “I knew that the time to assault the membership was shut.”
Mateen additionally went to a taking pictures vary “loads” and spent a big amount of cash on garments and items for her and her son within the days main as much as the taking pictures, Salman mentioned. He additionally purchased a rifle and ammunition.
Mateen, who watched beheading movies and visited extremist web sites for 2 years and vocalized his anger concerning the therapy of Muslims within the Center East, mentioned “if he did jihad everyone would know who he’s,” in keeping with Salman.
When he ramped up his spending and began shopping for extra firearms, she understood his habits as “inexperienced gentle…to do an act of violence.”
On the day of the mass taking pictures, Mateen mentioned, “That is the at some point,” earlier than he left the home with a handgun and a backpack filled with ammunition, Salman mentioned.
“I knew later, once I couldn’t get ahold of him that my fears had come true and he did what he mentioned he was going to do,” she wrote.
“I used to be in denial and I couldn’t imagine that the daddy of my little one was goign to harm different folks. After I bought a textual content message from Omar at four a.m. I knew that he did what he mentioned he was going to do,” Salman’s wrote.