As NBC News reports, Mateen’s wife Noor Zahi Salman knew of his plans in advance. And though she says she tried to talk him out of it, she failed to report it to the authorities and thereby save the lives of 49 innocent souls.
The Orlando gunman’s wife has told federal agents she tried to talk her husband out of carrying out the attack, NBC News has learned.
Mateen opened fire at Pulse early Sunday, leaving 49 dead and 53 injured. Twenty-seven victims remained hospitalized Tuesday. Six were in critical condition, according to hospital officials who said the death toll was still at risk of rising because one or two of those patients were “profoundly ill.”
She is cooperating with investigators, several officials say.
Mateen died in a shootout with police following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history — and the most deadly act of terror in the country since 9/11.
Hard to imagine how Salman can live with herself now, knowing that she could have prevented the deaths of 49 — not to mention the lifetime scars left on families and friends of the victims and those 53 injured who will bear scars externally and internally for the rest of their lives.
The only positive I (Michelle Jesse) can see in this latest development is that Salman is cooperating with investigators and, as such, can provide a potential treasure trove of information to help us better understand Mateen’s motivations, whether he was connected to anyone else — and, above all, what we need to do to prevent more of these radical Islam-inspired attacks on our homeland.