The wife of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen handed a 12-page handwritten statement to the FBI confessing that she saw her husband prepare for the deadly attack for months and knew that the LGBT nightclub was his target.
Noor Salman’s statement was taken just hours after the June 12, 2016 attack that left 49 dead and dozens of others injured.
Salman was questioned for hours, without a lawyer present, after authorities learned her husband was the gunman behind the attack, reports USA Today.
She told agents several times she knew his plans and that he was going to attack Pulse when he left their home.
“My fears had come true and he did what he said he was going to do,” she said. “I was in denial and I could not believe that the father of my child was going to hurt other people.”
USA Today reports:
The statement includes that during a two-year span before the attack. Mateen would browse jihad websites almost everyday and frequently watch beheading videos. He was angry and frustrated about treatment of Muslims in the Middle East and talked about retaliating against Americans.
“He said if he did jihad everybody would know who he is,” Salman wrote in the statement.
Salman’s attorneys have been fighting against the use of the statement in court, claiming that she was in custody and had not been read her Miranda rights, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Prosecutors have said she was not under arrest and that all of her statements were voluntary, though she told agents several stories before writing the statement, which included an apology for lying to the FBI.
She wrote that Mateen bought a rifle about four days before the attack. She saw it in the trunk of his car and asked him about it. He told her not to say “anything to anybody,” covered it up then said it was for his security guard job.
Salman also confessed to scouting several destinations, including Disney World and Pulse nightclub, before the shooting.
Her husband asked her when driving by Pulse, “How upset are people going to be when it gets attacked?” the statement said.
Two days before the shooting, Salman saw Mateen looking at the website for the club. When she saw what he was doing, he said, “this is my target,” the statement reads.
Salman told FBI agents, “I knew that the time to attack the club was close.”
The night before the Pulse attack, Mateen left the house and looked “pumped up,” she wrote.
He told her, “This is the one day.”
With a handgun in a holster around his waist, he grabbed a backpack that had ammunition inside before leaving for the club, she wrote.
“This was the time that he was going to do something bad,” she wrote, adding, “I knew when he left the house he was going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub.”