Wife tried to talk Orlando shooter out of attack, sources say

Noor Zahi could face criminal charges

Noor Zahi/Omar Mateen's wife
Noor Zahi/Omar Mateen's wife

ORLANDO, Fla. – Officials are considering criminal charges against the Orlando shooter's current wife for failing to tell them what she knew before the attack, according to NBC News.

Sources told NBC News that his wife, Noor Zahi, claimed she tried to talk Omar Mateen out of the attack.

NBC News' Pete Williams reported that Zahi told the FBI that she drove Mateen to the Pulse nightclub on a prior occasion, and she tried to talk him out of any attacks.

Several officials familiar with what she has told the FBI said that she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster, and she once drove him to the nightclub, because he wanted to see it in advance, but she tried to dissuade him from doing anything.

Law enforcement officials said authorities are considering filing criminal charges against her for failing to tell them what she knew before the attack, but no decision has been made about that. 

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It's possible she won't be charged, but that possibility is under consideration. Several officials said she is cooperating with investigators. 

Since the shooting attack, she has been staying at the home of Mateen's father in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.   


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