A law enforcement official told ABC News that the 30-year-old may have known about her husband’s plans in advance, but claims she tried to talk him out of the attack — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history and the bloodiest terror attack on American soil since 9/11.
According to NBC News, Noor Matee told the FBI she was with her husband when he bought ammunition and a holster. She also told them that she drove him to Pulse nightclub at least once to scope it out.
It was also annouced on Tuesday that the gunman didn’t use an AR-15 rifle to carry out the attack, but a Sig Sauer MCX carbine.
Although no decision has been made yet, authorities are reportedly considering filing charges against Noor for failing to tell them what she knew before the brutal attack.
Omar Mateen died in a shootout with police early Sunday morning after opening fire at Pulse, leaving 49 dead and 53 injured.
Noor Mateen is Omar Mateen’s second wife; the two share a son. His first wife, Sitora Yusufiy, who divorced him in 2011, has accused him of being physically abusive.
President Barack Obama addressed the Orlando shooting on live TV for the third time on Tuesday, saying “these lone actors or small cells of terrorists are very hard to detect and very hard to prevent.”
Obama also addressed the backlash he’s received for not using the phrase “radical Islam” in his speech following the shooting. Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS before executing the attack.
“What exactly would using this language accomplish? What exactly would it change?” Obama asked during his remarks at the Treasury Department. “Would it make ISIL less committed to try and kill Americans?”
“Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above,” he continued. “Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.”
He also slammed Donald Trump (calling him a politician who tweets) and his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country.
“The men and women who put their lives at risk and the Special Forces I ordered to get bin Laden and are now on the ground in Iraq and in Syria — they know full well who the enemy is,” Obama said. “So do the intelligence and law enforcement officers who spent countless hours disrupting plots. And protecting all Americans, including politicians who tweet and appear on cable news shows. They know what the nature of the enemy is. So there’s no magic to the phrase ‘radical Islam.’ It’s a political talking point.”