When Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016, the domestic terrorist killed 49 innocent Americans and wounded over 50 more.
The incident was one of the most horrific American crimes in decades, with unsuspecting club goers being targeted, shot, killed, and injured for three hours in the dead of night before Mateen was finally shot and killed by police. During the ordeal, Mateen made a phone call to 9-1-1 in which he not only pledged his allegiance to terrorist group ISIL, but also made several references to his radicalization after he was inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing and suicide attacks in Syria.
Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, was arrested in California in January of 2017, but was originally fighting extradition to Florida to face charges there. As of today, that effort has been culled, and Salman will be facing charges in the Sunshine State.
“The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter will leave the Bay Area to face trial in Florida.
“ABC7 News obtained the court papers in which she agreed to stop fighting extradition. They were signed by Noor Salman and filed in federal court in Oakland Tuesday night.
“Salman was arrested at her family’s home in Rodeo in January and she’s been held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin ever since.
“She pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding her husband, Omar Mateen, in planning last year’s Pulse nightclub massacre.”
Mateen himself had been previously target by the FBI for his links to radical Islamic terrorism, leading to his inclusion on the terror watch list for 2013 and 2014. Months before the shooting, but after being removed from the aforementioned list, Mateen was reported by a gun store owner after he requested to buy 1,000 rounds of ammo and was turned away. The ensuing negligence by the FBI has been called into question on many occasions by those whose loved ones perished on that fateful night.