The wife of the man suspected of killing 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub previously tried to dissuade him from carrying out a terrorist attack, NBC reported Tuesday.
Officials familiar with the case told the network that Noor Zahi Salman admitted that she once drove her husband Omar Mateen to the Pulse nightclub where the attack was carried out because he wanted to scope it out. She also reportedly told the FBI that she accompanied him to buy ammunition and a holster prior to Sunday morning’s attack.
The timeline of these events was not clear from NBC’s breaking report.
The network also said that authorities are considering filing criminal charges against Salman for failing to share this information with law enforcement when it happened. Her husband was killed in a shootout with police at Pulse after slaying 49 and wounding 53.
Multiple news outlets reported that Omar Mateen was a regular at Pulse and had accounts on several gay dating sites though he was still married to Salman.
He was divorced from his first wife, Sitora Yusify, who claimed he was physically abusive.