(Orlando, FL) – Attorneys for the Pulse gunman’s widow are again trying to overturn the charges against her. Noor Salman is accused of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting Omar Mateen’s attack on the Orlando nightclub in which 49 people were killed. WFTV reports that, late last night, the defense filed a new motion seeking either dismissal of the case or a mistrial.
(Orlando, FL) — Newly released documents show the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen knew he was going to conduct an attack.In a written statement to the FBI, Noor Salman said she knew when her husband left their house carrying a bag full of ammunition and his gun, that he was “going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub.”
Salman is charged with providing material support to a terror organization and obstruction of justice. Despite the statement, Salman has pled not guilty, and her trial is scheduled to begin in March.
Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 50 others when he opened fire in the nightclub almost two years ago.
(SL) – President Obama spoke to the nation following the domestic terror attack in Orlando, Fl. 29-year old Omar Mateen, a security guard, opened fire in Pulse Nightclub – a popular LGBT club killing 50 people and critically injuring 53. Mateen had been on the FBI’s radar for a couple of years, but investigations left authorities with nothing to go on. Mateen’s father told MSNBC that Omar was extremely angry after watching two men kiss in Miami. His motives remain unclear but there is word that he was an ISIS sympathizer.
Watch President Obama’s statement:
Read the President’s full remarks:
Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.
I just finished a meeting with FBI Director Comey and my homeland security and national security advisors. The FBI is on the scene and leading the investigation, in partnership with local law enforcement. I’ve directed that the full resources of the federal government be made available for this investigation.
We are still learning all the facts. This is an open investigation. We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism. And I’ve directed that we must spare no effort to determine what — if any — inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups. What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. Over the coming days, we’ll uncover why and how this happened, and we will go wherever the facts lead us.
This morning I spoke with my good friend, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and I conveyed the condolences of the entire American people. This could have been any one of our communities. So I told Mayor Dyer that whatever help he and the people of Orlando need — they are going to get it. As a country, we will be there for the people of Orlando today, tomorrow and for all the days to come.