The Orlando shooter and his wife exchanged text messages during the Pulse nightclub rampage, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN.
Two hours after he started the attack and while holed up in a bathroom, 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. Salman also tried calling her husband several times during the standoff, a second law enforcement official said.
The timing of her calls came after reports of the attack had emerged, and apparently after she realized her husband might be responsible. He didn’t answer, the official said.
Mateen was killed in a shootout with police after authorities used an explosive charge and an armored vehicle to punch a hole a bathroom wall at around 5 a.m., authorities said.
Read the full story by Holly Yan, Pamela Brown and Evan Perez, CNN