The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people in Orlando tried to talk him out of the attack, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, media reported on Tuesday, citing law enforcement sources.
MSNBC reported, citing multiple unnamed sources, that Mateen’s current wife, identified by his family as Noor Mateen, told law enforcement officials that she drove him to multiple sites that he was considering attacking and was with him when he bought ammunition but she tried to talk him out of the attack.
Noor Mateen could not be reached for comment.
Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, told reporters outside his home on Tuesday that he had seen his 3 1/2-year-old grandson today, but he declined to give information about Noor Mateen’s whereabouts.
“We’ll wait for the law enforcement,” he said.
One official familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said investigators were only beginning to delve into the contents of Mateen’s cellphone and other electronic devices. The source said investigators believe Mateen browsed Islamic material on the internet for two years or more before the Orlando shootings.