Orlando nightclub shooter woman faces charges connected to the attack

FILE – In this June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work on the Pulse gay night club in Orlando, Fla., after the mass shooting. Audio recordings of the 911 calls released Tuesday, Aug. 30, by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office show mounting frustration by friends and family members who were texting, calling and video-chat with the trapped patrons of the Pulse of the nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire in June. A U.S. law enforcement official says the FBI arrested the wife of Orlando, nightclub shooter. The official says Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in San Francisco, and by the court on Tuesday in California. They look at the costs in Florida including obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/Chris O’meara, File)

(Associated Press)

SAN FRANCISCO – The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen faces a court in California after being arrested in connection with the Florida shooting that 49 dead.

Noor Salman, 30, is scheduled to make a first appearance in federal court Tuesday morning in Oakland, after her arrest a day earlier in Florida costs authorities said the obstruction of justice and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. They gave no further details on her alleged role or what specific actions led to the charges.

Salman is of the San Francisco Bay Area, and in the aftermath of the Orlando attack, who was also her husband’s death she returned here with their son, whose name she has since attempted to change.

She was repeatedly questioned by the FBI researchers about whether they have all the knowledge of her husband’s plans.

Her lawyer, Linda Moreno, said after her arrest that she “had no foreknowledge they could also predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night.”

Salman knew that her husband had watched jihadist videos, but he was not aware of anything” about his intent to shoot at the club, Salman said in the New York Times in an interview published in November.

Salman also said that he had physically abused her, her lawyer repeated Monday.

“Norwegian has told her story of abuse in his hands,” Moreno said. “We believe that it is a wrong, and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victim to punish an innocent person.”

The San Francisco office of the FBI said Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in Rodeo, that is the small Bay of the community where she grew up and where her family lives. Prison records, however, say she was arrested about 30 miles away in Dublin. The reason for the difference was not clear.

The U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a Monday interview with MSNBC that “from the beginning we were going to look at every aspect of this, of every aspect of this shooter’s life to determine not only how did he take these actions — but who else knew about them? Was anyone else involved?”

Salman met Mateen online and the two were married in 2011.

They lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, at the time of the shooting.

Mateen promised allegiance to the Islamic State group in a 911 call during the three-hour standoff that ended in his death. Forty-nine patrons were killed and another 53 were recorded in the hospital.

“Nothing can erase the pain that we all feel over the senseless and cruel murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones,” Orlando police chief John Mina said Monday. “But today there is some relief to know that someone is accountable for that heinous crime.”


Tucker reported from Washington. Follow him on Twitter

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