Widow of Pulse nightclub shooter admitted she knew about attack

An FBI agent took the stand on Monday and recounted the moment Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, broke down and admitted she knew about his plans to carry out the deadly attack.

FBI Special Agent Ricardo Enriquez testified on Monday, recounting the statements Noor Salman provided on June 12, 2016, just hours after her husband gunned down 49 people, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

“I am sorry for what happened. I wish I’d go back and tell his family and the police what he was going to do,” Salman wrote in a statement that was presented to the court.

Enriquez said he confronted her, saying, “You know, Noor, I realize that you knew what was going on. You knew."

While Salman initially denied it, she started crying and said, “I knew” when Enriquez pressed her to read her own written words, the FBI agent testified.

Enriquez said he interviewed Salman, transcribed her responses in three separate statements, asked her to sign off on each paragraph, and had her write that he had treated her fairly.

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Jose Ramirez, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, reacts at the memorial outside the club on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Liz Lockwood (C) reacts to visiting the memorial outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Stones with messages for the victims and survivors are piled outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Guests visit the memorial outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Jose Ramirez, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, wipes a tear at the memorial outside the club on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
A guest strolls through the parking lot outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Liz Lockwood (R) embraces Leann Ferguson outside the Pulse nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Jose Ramirez, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, reacts at the memorial outside the club on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
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A guest visits the memorial outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Jose Ramirez, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, visits the memorial outside the club on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: A police car stands guard as people visit the memorial to the victims of the mass shooting setup around the Pulse gay nightclub one year after the shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Claudette Mcintosh visits the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub as she remembers the victims of a mass shooting at the club one year ago on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: John Hough visits the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub as he remembers the victims of a mass shooting at the club one year ago on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Melinda Vargas and Natascha Soto (L-R) visit the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub as they remember those lost one year ago during a mass shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Salman’s attorney Charles Swift questioned the validity of the statements, given that there was no audio or video recording of the interview.

Defense attorney Linda Moreno also cast Salman as a “simple young mother” with a low IQ who was a victim of Mateen’s abuse.

But prosecutors are trying to make the case that Salman helped her husband plan the attack on Pulse nightclub, and Rodger Handberg went through each line of the statements she gave Enriquez.

Salman also told the FBI agent that Mateen, who was killed in an ensuing shootout with police, spoke about jihad and scouted his target in the months leading up to the mass shooting.

“I knew when he left the house he was going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub,” Salman said.

She also wrote, “I wish I had done the right thing but my fear held me back. I wish I had been more truthful.”

Salman was arrested in January 2017 and charged with obstructing justice and aiding and abetting her husband’s material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

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