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Orlando gunman's wife may have known his deadly plans

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Omar Mateen (Source: Orlando PD) Omar Mateen (Source: Orlando PD)

As the investigation continues into the gunman of the Pulse nightclub massacre, Omar Mateen, the FBI said they're also looking at Mateen's wife and what she knew before the massacre.  

Investigators believe she knew her husband's deadly plans but didn't report him to police, but we have learned federal prosecutors have convened a grand jury to investigate her story.

We spoke with Greenville attorney Grant Varner - to see what kind of charges Noor Salman might face. 

“I think the problem she's going to face is that by all accounts she has been cooperating with law enforcement.  The problem is, if they can show she stood by and did nothing to prevent this catastrophe than she is very culpable, and the odds are astronomically high, given the outrage surrounding this incident that she will be charged."

He said she could face charges from aiding and abetting, or even as an accessory or accomplice to the crime. That will all depend on what the investigation uncovers.

Dr. Carmela Epright is a local philosophy professor who has studied mass shootings over the years and said it's very common for the shooters to tell someone about what they are planning to do. 

But those who learn that information, need to report it. 

“I think she should be a lesson for all of us that reporting is the way to go.  Tell the authorities and let them be responsible for it.”

Steve Romano is a former FBI negotiator and said, what the FBI learns from Mateen's wife will most likely be very important, because it will help them put a timeline together of what happened early Sunday morning.  And maybe provide a clearer motive behind the tragedy. 

He said what happened in Orlando is a reminder to be vigilant. 

“If they hear something if they see something if they sense something come forward and let someone know it's better to air on the side of caution.”

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