Feds Say Orlando Gunman’s Wife Helped Scout Targets

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A federal judge has declined to release the widow of the man who killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub after prosecutors said she accompanied her husband on scouting trips for potential targets that included the Disney Springs shopping complex, reports the Associated Press. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu in Oakland said she wanted a psychiatric evaluation of Noor Salman before deciding whether to release her pending a trial on charges of supporting her husband’s attack and then lying to investigators about it. Salman, 31, has pleaded not guilty.

Federal authorities arrested Salman last month at her mother’s home in suburban San Francisco, where Salman moved with her 4-year-old son after her husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 and wounded at least 68 others on June 12 at the Pulse nightclub. Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack before police shot and killed him. Federal prosecutor Sara Sweeney said Mateen asked Salman whether attacking the Disney site would have a bigger impact than attacking a nightclub. Sweeney said that in addition to accompanying her husband on scouting trips, Salman watched him leave their apartment with a gun and a backpack full of ammunition on the night of the shooting. Sweeney said Salman told investigators that “I knew when he left he was going to commit the attack.”

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