The widow of the gunman who shot and killed 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., told the researchers that she knew that her husband “was going to do something bad” for the 2016-attack.
The widow of the man who is the life of dozens of people at a gay Florida nightclub in the name of ISIS, told the researchers that she knew that her husband “was going to do something bad” for the 2016-attack.
Noor Salman told the researchers that she was in denial that her husband, Omar Mateen, may be harmful for other people, when he left their home with guns and ammunition, the Orlando Sentinel reported, citing a statement by an FBI agent and signed by the widow.
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“I knew when he left the house he went to Orlando to the attack of the Impulse Night Club,” Salman said.
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“I knew on Saturday when Omar left the house about 5 hours, that this was the time that he was going to do something bad. I knew this because of the way he left and took the gun and backpack with ammunition,” Salman said.
Salman faces charges of aiding a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice. Mateen killed 49 people, injured at least 68 others during the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.
“I knew that later, when I couldn’t get ahold of him, that my fear was true and he did what he said he was going to do,” Salman said. “I was in denial and I could not believe, that the father of my child was going to hurt other people.”
Salman’s lawyers and the federal prosecutors participated in a hearing Friday to discuss whether sealed evidence and expert witness’ testimony should be allowed in March and her trial. A judge ruled in favor of allowing the expert to testify. The session was closed to the public.
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Salman said her husband “was obsessed” with ISIS and the fighting in the Middle East two years prior to the shooting. He bought a gun, toys and jewelry for the recording, the expenditure of thousands of dollars.
The widow said her husband considered other places, before they drove around the Wrist nightclub about a week before the attack.
Salman apologized at the end of her statement.
“I’m very sorry that I lied to the FBI,” she said. “These are my words.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.