Pulse nightclub shooter's wife Noor Salman gives first interview since Orlando massacre
Nov 02 2016 by Larry Hoffman
Huge crowds attend a candlelit vigil in Orlando for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
"Your people are going to get it and I'm going to ignite it if they try to do anything stupid", Mateentold a police negotiator in the audio recordings released by the city of Orlando on Monday. But she won't rule on releasing other 911 calls from the mass shooting until she has listened to them. Some said they would be comfortable with the release of a transcript but others objected to any release, even in written form.
More than two dozen news groups, including The Associated Press, have been fighting the city in court over the release of more than 600 calls dealing with the worst mass shooting in modern USA history.
Among the emphatic things Mateen said on the calls, he used the word "homeboy" to describe his relationship with Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, CBS noted.
She also said that t he final text she received from Mateen - just before he was killed in a shootout with Orlando police inside the nightclub - was a question: "Have you seen the news?"
Another judicial decision is pending in the case of the horrific Orlando shooting as news outlets are requesting the city to release 911 calls that might have caught audio from the actual shooting.
He spoke with a crisis negotiator several times while he was in the club. Meanwhile law enforcement rushed to his home and pinged his cell phone to determine whether he was really at the nightclub.
"No. Because you have to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq", Mateen said.
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Mateen responded, "My name is, 'I pledge of Allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic state'".
"Mateen warned that he had bombs in vehicles outside the nightclub and said the bombs "[could] take out a whole city block, almost".
The interview Salman gave to The Times differs from the story she told the Federal Bureau of Investigation as they questioned her in the hours after the attack.
"He killed 49 people so we should not be surprised that he would hit a pregnant woman", said Goldman. "No one needs to hear our children beg for their life".
"I can not imagine a more serious invasion of privacy", he said.
The lead negotiator identified himself as "Andy" to Mateen and said that he wanted to help him through the situation and said, "Look, I'm trying to figure out how to keep you [be] safe and how to get this resolved peacefully because I'm not a politician, I'm not a government".
"I was unaware of everything. And every day we ask ourselves, 'Could we have done something different to change that?'" Abufarah said.
Mateen: You already know what I did. Attorneys from two dozen media companies spent months pushing for the release of the 911 tapes. "He had no remorse", she said. "I know what happened".