Orlando shooter’s wife, who has Palestinian roots, could face criminal charges



Noor Zahi Salman. Credit: YouTube screenshot.

(JNS.org) The wife of Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 on Sunday at the Pulse LGBT nightclub in Orlando, may face criminal charges for not warning authorities about her husband’s impending actions. In the aftermath of the terror attack, details have emerged about the Palestinian roots of the shooter's wife, Noor Zahi Salman.

Salman, 30, grew up in Rodeo, Calif., 25 miles northeast of San Francisco. Facebook accounts belonging to her relatives reportedly show that her family is of Palestinian origin and that her family had immigrated to the U.S. from the West Bank in the 1970s.

Salman began dating Mateen after they met online. They were married in 2011 and went on to have a son, who is now 3 years old.

On Tuesday, three FBI agents visited Salman's childhood home as part of their investigation into the mass shooting, NBC News reported. The FBI said the visit, which lasted less than two hours, was not a raid. After the shooting, Salman told the FBI that she was present when her husband bought ammunition and a holster, according to several officials familiar with the case. She also said that she once drove him to the Pulse nightclub so he could check it out, and that she tried to talk her husband out of his actions.

Posted on June 15, 2016 .