While carrying out his slaughter of 49 people and injuring 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Omar Mateen took the time to make many phone calls, including some were he pledged loyalty to ISIS, post Islamic threats on facebook, check to see if his attack was being discussed on social media yet, and exchange text messages with his wife.
In an indication that Mateen’s parents may have had some prior knowledge as well, it has been revealed that Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, received a phone call from her mother-in-law around 2 a.m Sunday, asking if she knew where Mateen was. Salman told her she did not know.
Salman then texted Mateen around 2:30 a.m. and asked, “Where are you?”
Mateen texted back, “Do you see what’s happening?
Salman replied, “No?”
Mateen texted back to his wife, “I love you, babe.”
Salman reportedly tried to call her husband several times after that, but he did not answer. He was killed in a shootout with police about two hours later.
Police gave the details to Salman as they surrounded the couple’s home in Port St. Lucie.
Fox News has reported that an FBI source said Mateen made 16 phone calls during the attack, including the calls to 911 where he pledged allegiance to ISIS. He also used his Facebook account to search the keywords “Pulse Orlando” and “shooting” to see if his slaughter had hit social media yet.
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