Wife of Orlando Gunman Told Authorities She Knew About Husband's Plan to Shoot Up Nightclub – But Tried to Stop Him: Report

Federal officials are considering filing criminal charges against Noor Mateen for not telling police about her husband's plans


The wife of the gunman behind the Orlando nightclub shooting told authorities that she tried to talk her husband out of the attack that left at least 49 people dead and dozens injured, according to a new report.

Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor, told federal officials that she once drove Mateen to Pulse nightclub to scope it out ahead of the attack – deadliest mass shooting in American history – and even tried to convince him not to go through with it, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News.

The woman told the FBI that she was with Mateen when he bought ammunition and a holster for the attack, sources close to the investigation reportedly told NBC.

Mateen opened fire on the gay-friendly hot spot at around 2 a.m. on Sunday and, perpetrating the biggest mass murder in U.S. history. He killed 49 and wounded 53 people before being killed in a police shootout.

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Although Noor, Mateen’s second wife, has been quiet in the days following the shooting, his ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, has spoken out about Mateen, saying she believes he was mentally ill.

“He was mentally unstable and mentally ill and he was obviously disturbed, deeply,” she said.

“That’s when I started worrying about my safety and he was abusing me physically very often and not allowing me to speak to my family and he kept me hostage from them. And I tried to see good in him even then but my family was very tuned into it I was going through and decided to visit me in rescue me out of that situation.”

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