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Wife of gunman Omar Mateen knew of firing

15 June, 2016

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WASHINGTON: A new revelation came regarding Orlando club shooting when a law enforcement source said on Tuesday that the wife of the gunman Omar Mateen who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub knew of his plans for the attack and could soon be charged in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Sources told Reuters that a federal grand jury had been convened and could charge Omar’s wife, Noor Salman, as early as Wednesday."It appears she had some knowledge of what was going on," said US Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which received a briefing on the attack on Tuesday.

"She definitely is, I guess you would say, a person of interest right now and appears to be cooperating and can provide us with some important information," Angus told CNN. Omar had called 911 during his rampage to profess allegiance to various militant groups before he was shot dead by police after a three-hour standoff at the Pulse club early on Sunday.Federal investigators have said he was likely self-radicalized and there was no evidence that he received any instruction or aid from outside groups such asIslamic State (IS) militant group. Omar was a US citizen, born in New York of Afghan immigrant parents."He appears to have been an angry, disturbed, unstable young man who became radicalized," President Barack Obama told reporters after a meeting of the White House National Security Council.

During his rampage, Omar systematically made his way through the packed club shooting people who were already down, apparently to ensure they were dead, said Angel Colon, a wounded survivor. "I look over and he shoots the girl next to me and I was just there lying down and thinking: “I’m next, I’m dead,” he said. Omar shot him twice more, one bullet apparently aimed forColon’s head striking his hand, and another hitting his hip, Colon said at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he is one of 27 survivors being treated.

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