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Pulse Shooter's Widow Found Not Guilty

Jury clears Noor Salman of charges she assisted husband Omar Nateen

(Newser) - The widow of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen has been found not guilty of charges that she helped him plan the 2016 massacre that left 49 dead. Noor Salman had been charged with obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization, and she faced life in prison if convicted.... More »

Pulse Shooter Meant to Attack Disney World: Prosecutors

But was scared off by police presence there, they say

(Newser) - Omar Mateen meant to go on his shooting rampage at Disney World in June 2016—but was scared off by the police presence there and instead attacked Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., killing 49, according to prosecutors in the case against Mateen's wife, Noor Salman. Salman, 31, is accused... More »

Pulse Shooter's Father Served as Secret FBI Informant

Attorneys for shooter's wife say prosecutors' late revelation worthy of having case thrown out

(Newser) - The ongoing trial of the wife of Pulse Orlando shooter Omar Mateen has revealed a new wrinkle: It seems that Mateen's father, Seddique Mateen, served as a confidential FBI informant from 2005 to 2016. Prosecutors only told the defense team about it over the weekend, and defense lawyers for... More »

Here's What Wife Texted Shooter During Pulse Massacre

Noor Salman is on trial for allegedly helping husband plan deadly Orlando attack

(Newser) - "I love you babe." Those were the final words Omar Mateen texted his wife after he shot and killed 49 people at a Florida nightclub and before he himself was shot and killed by police, the AP reports. Data from the Pulse shooter's cellphone was submitted as... More »

'Extraordinarily Rare' Move in Case of Orlando Shooter's Wife

Noor Salman ordered released from jail until trial

(Newser) - A federal judge in California said Wednesday that it is "debatable" whether the government has enough evidence to convict a woman of helping her husband plan the Orlando nightclub rampage, ordering her released from jail until trial. US Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu also said Noor Salman , 31, is not... More »

Wife of Pulse Orlando Mass Shooter Arrested

Noor Salman reportedly charged with aiding and abetting, obstruction

(Newser) - The wife of the shooter who killed 49 people in the June attack on the Pulse Orlando nightclub has been taken into custody. Noor Salman, who was interviewed for hours after the attack, was arrested at her San Francisco-area home by FBI agents and is expected in federal court Tuesday,... More »

Orlando Shooting Families Sue Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Defendants helped ISIS 'spread extremist propaganda, raise funds, attract new recruits': complaint

(Newser) - What responsibility do social media platforms hold for radicalizing individuals who then carry out attacks? According to families of the victims of the June shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub , enough to warrant a lawsuit, per Fox News . Named in the federal civil complaint filed Monday by the families of... More »

Pulse Shooter's Son to Get a New Name

Wife asking to change it from Zakariaya Omar Mateen

(Newser) - The 4-year-old son of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen won't likely bear his late father's name for much longer. Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, has asked the Contra Costa County, California, court for permission to change her son's name from Zakariaya Omar Mateen. Available court records don't... More »

Pulse Orlando Gunman's Wife: 'He Had No Remorse'

Noor Salman gives first interview since June attack

(Newser) - "I was unaware of everything," says Noor Salman in her first interview since her husband killed 49 people at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. As the FBI considers pressing charges against her, including lying to authorities, Salman tells the dark tale of her marriage to Omar Mateen. Six months... More »

Orlando Gunman's 911 Calls Released

Judge may order release of hundreds more calls

(Newser) - The tone of the worst mass shooter in American history ranges from calm to nervous to irritated in a series of 911 calls released by police Monday. In the calls, Orlando gunman Omar Mateen, who called 911 from inside the Pulse nightclub, can be heard pledging allegiance to ISIS, calling... More »

Man Arrested in Connection With Arson at Florida Mosque

The mosque was sometimes attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

(Newser) - Police have arrested a suspect in the fire that left a 100-square-foot hole in the roof of a Florida mosque occasionally attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, WKMG reports. According to Reuters , 32-year-old Joseph Schreiber is believed to be behind Sunday's arson at the Islamic Center of Fort... More »

Mosque Where Orlando Gunman Prayed Goes Up in Flames

Cops say it wasn't an accident

(Newser) - Before Omar Mateen shot up the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people in June, he had been a longtime regular at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, showing up at Friday services for 13 years. That mosque went up in flames early Monday, per the St. Lucie County... More »

Orlando Gunman's Dad Spotted at Clinton Rally

He says Trump 'has no solutions'

(Newser) - The mustachioed man in a red ball cap standing behind Hillary Clinton at a rally Monday night in Florida might have seemed ordinary, but his appearance is getting quite a lot of attention. That's because the man, Seddique Mateen, is the father of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, reports... More »

Man Arrested in Attack Outside Omar Mateen's Mosque

CAIR claims the victim was assaulted because he was Muslim

(Newser) - Florida authorities say they've arrested a suspect in the early Saturday beating of a man outside a Florida mosque that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had attended, the AP reports. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said racial slurs were made by the attacker as he beat a Muslim man,... More »

FBI Has No Proof Orlando Gunman Was Gay: Officials

But nothing has been ruled out yet, per AG Lynch

(Newser) - FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation who spoke anonymously to the AP . The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men... More »

Man Claims He Was Omar Mateen's Lover

He says motive was revenge on gay Puerto Ricans

(Newser) - The mystery that was Omar Mateen is still unraveling more than 10 days after the Orlando nightclub massacre. In a Univision interview that aired Tuesday night, a man who gave his name as Miguel came forward claiming to be Mateen's lover, CBS News reports. He said he met Mateen... More »

'I'm in Orlando, I Did the Shootings': Mateen to 911

Gunman also warned of future attacks in FBI-released partial transcripts of calls on night of shooting

(Newser) - The FBI has released the latest in the Orlando massacre : partial transcripts of 911 calls made by shooter Omar Mateen the night of the attack. Per the Orlando Sentinel , Mateen's first call was with a 911 dispatcher at 2:35am from the bathrooms inside Pulse, where he held hostages.... More »

Mateen Spent $9K on Jewelry Days Before Shooting

Wife was a 'sweet girl' with learning difficulties

(Newser) - An odd development in the Orlando mass shooting: Omar Mateen spent around $9,000 on jewelry just days before he gunned down scores of people, ABC News reports. The company that owns Kay Jewelers—which is near the Jensen Beach, Fla., gun store that reported Mateen to the FBI —... More »

Trump: US Needs to Look at Profiling

'It's not the worst thing to do'

(Newser) - In the wake of the Orlando shooting one week ago, Donald Trump says the country should do what it has to do to prevent future such attacks, and he's putting racial profiling squarely on the table. "Well I think profiling is something that we're going to have... More »

Gun Store Owner Says He Warned FBI About Mateen

Video of terror inside Pulse Orlando surfaces

(Newser) - A missed chance? Even without his name on a watch list, Orlando gunman Omar Mateen raised suspicions in at least one gun store in the weeks before he slaughtered 49 people at the Pulse nightclub. Robert Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Fla., tells ABC that a man... More »

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