Many people have been trying to give the Orlando shooter’s wife the benefit of the doubt. But the more information comes out, the harder it is to believe in her innocence — like, for example, the fact that she texted him to say she loved him during the shooting.
The Orlando shooter and his wife exchanged text messages during the Pulse nightclub rampage, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN. Around 4 a.m., about two hours after he started the attack and while holed up in a bathroom, Omar Mateen texted his wife, Noor Salman, asking if she’d seen the news, the official said.
At one point, she responded with a text saying that she loved him.
Salman also tried calling her husband several times during the standoff, a second law enforcement official said. The timing of her calls came after reports of the attack had emerged, and apparently after she realized her husband might be responsible. He didn’t answer, the official said.
What was going through her head at that time? Was she proud, or just scared that she was going to lose him? Whatever it was, she clearly knew beforehand and did nothing to stop it, and she should be charged as an accessory to the crime.