SAN FRANCISCO—The FBI arrested the wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter in San Francisco on Monday, January 16, according to reports.
Noor Salman, 30, was taken into custody Monday morning and is due in court on Tuesday for her first appearance, Salman’s lawyer told ABC.
Salman’ s husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded dozens in a terrorist attack at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. Salman is expected to be extradited to Tampa, Florida where she was indicted. Orlando Police Chief John Mina welcomed the news of Salman’s arrest.
“Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months, and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply,” Mina said. “Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime.”
Salman was charged with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting for providing material support to a terrorist organization, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicated.
During the attack, Mateen reportedly posted on Facebook, called a local Florida TV station, and 911 to pledge his allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
After failed attempts to negotiate with Mateen, SWAT members enter the nightclub and the suspect was killed during a shootout.
Salman reportedly gave conflicting accounts about her knowledge of Mateen’s true intentions the night of the shooting at the nightclub to investigators.
Salman reportedly told investigators Mateen spent thousands of dollars on guns weeks before the attack and she drove Mateen to Pulse nightclub at least once before the attack.
In an interview with The New York Times Salman told reporters she did not know anything about Mateen’s intentions until he sent her a text message at 4 a.m. the night of the shooting. The couple married in 2011.
Salman moved to the San Francisco area with their 4-year-old son after the attack. She grew up just north of San Francisco in Rodeo, California.
The Pulse nightclub attack has been noted as the deadliest recorded shooting in American history.