Wife of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Arrested by FBI


The wife of Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in a shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub last June, has been arrested on a charge of obstructing justice, according to multiple media reports.

Noor Salman was taken into custody by the FBI at her California home, The New York Times reports. A person familiar with details of the arrest told the Times Salman was charged with obstruction. CBS News said Salman also faces a charged of aiding and abetting.

Salman, in interviews with federal investigators after the shooting, allegedly acknowledged driving Mateen to the Pulse nightclub at least once before her husband launched the assault, according to the official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Salman met Mateen online and they married in 2011. The couple has a 3-year-old son. Salman, who has Palestinian roots, grew up in the small suburb of Rodeo, Calif., about 25 miles northeast of San Francisco.

SOURCE: USA Today, Kevin Johnson and John Bacon