Omar Mateen’s wife knew about his plans to shoot up Pulse, may face charges

Omar Mateen’s wife knew about his plans to shoot up Pulse, may face charges
Omar Mateen, his wife, and their 3-year-old son (Image via Facebook)

Orlando gunman Omar Mateen’s wife (his current one, not the one he beat) confided to federal agents that she knew about this plans to attack the gay night club, Pulse, and tried to talk him out of it, according to NBC News.

The wife, Noor, “told the FBI she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster,” adding that “she once drove him to … Pulse, because he wanted to scope it out.” It’s hard to say whether this explains previous reports that he was a “regular” at the club, which would seem to add another dimension to the crime.

Authorities are considering filing criminal charges against Noor for failing to tell them what she knew before the brutal attack, law enforcement officials say, but no decision has been made.

She is cooperating with investigators, several officials say.

One additional detail that has emerged independently by several media outlets including The Blaze is that the weapon used in the attack was not an AR-15 rifle, as previously indicated. Mateen reportedly owned such a weapon, but the one used to kill 49 innocent club goers was a Sig Sauer MCX carbine.

Another misconception worth clearing up is that the letters AR in the rifle’s stand for “assault rife.” They don’t. They don’t stand for “automatic rifle” either. AR actually stands for ArmaLite rifle, which is the name of the company that first developed the weapon in the 1950s.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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