ORLANDO, Fla. (NEWS10) – ABC News reports that the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter tried to talk him out of carrying out the attack.
Law enforcement officials told ABC News that Noor Mateen drove her husband Omar Mateen to Pulse nightclub at least once in the past.
She may now face criminal charges.
A law enforcement official says investigators who have spoken with the Orlando gunman’s wife are looking into whether the two of them were recently at or outside the nightclub he attacked.
The official is familiar with the investigation, but was not authorized to discuss the investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official says investigators had been told that Mateen and his wife had been at the Pulse nightclub on a prior occasion and were trying to confirm the accuracy of that statement.
The official says the FBI has Mateen’s phone and will try to use data from it to see if he had visited the club before.
The official says investigators have not ruled out charging anyone who may have had advance knowledge of the attack.
A U.S. official briefed on the case said Tuesday that the FBI is investigating reports that Omar Mateen had been a regular at the nightclub and had used gay dating apps. Investigators are looking into possible motives for the attack and have said Mateen appears to be a “homegrown extremist” who touted support not just for the Islamic State, but other radical groups that are its enemies.
Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, said he never saw his son exhibit homophobic behavior except for one time in Miami when he saw two men kissing. The father answered questions from reporters on Tuesday at his home in Port Saint Lucie.
The attack killed 49 people and injured 44 people. During a press conference Tuesday. doctors at Orlando Health say 27 patients are still being treated.
Dr. Michael Cheatam says that he would not be surprised if the death toll did not rise.