The Orlando shooter and his wife exchanged text messages during the Pulse nightclub rampage, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says.
Around 4 a.m., holed up in a bathroom about two hours after he started the attack, Omar Mateen texted his wife, Noor Salman, asking if she’d seen the news, the official said.
At one point, she responded with a text saying that she loved him.
The aftermath of Sunday’s mass shooting — that killed 50 people and wounded another 53 in Orlando, Florida — left the United States with a number of political talking points. Gun safety, homophobia, and Islamophobia were all present in major conversations, with politicians, the media, and regular folks trying to determine where the blame lay and how to disseminate all the conflicting information emanating from the a terrible tragedy.
But for now, one thing is very clear. It doesn’t help then when politicians use the loss of life as political opportunism and call for ill-defined action that could result in physical harm against an entire religious group. MORE