Orlando shooter texted wife during attack asking if she was watching the news


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During Sunday's mass shooting at Pulse nightclub the shooter reportedly texted his wife and asked if she was watching the news, says CNN. 

Citing a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation, CNN is reporting that Omar Mateen texted his wife, Noor Salman, while in the bathroom at Pulse. 

From CNN: 
Around 4 a.m., about 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, who shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse last Sunday, also claimed allegiance to multiple terrorists groups, including ISIS, during his attack.

However, CIA Director John Brennan told a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday afternoon that the agency "has not been able to uncover any direct link" between Mateen and terrorist groups.

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