Omar Mir Seddique Mateen poses with his wife, Noor Salman, in a family photo posted online.
Omar Mir Seddique Mateen poses with his wife, Noor Salman, in a family photo posted online.

The wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mir Seddique Mateen told the FBI that her husband said he wanted to carry out a jihadist attack, though she denied knowledge of his plans to launch the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a law enforcement official told CNN on Tuesday.

FBI investigators don’t believe Noor Salman was a co-conspirator in the attack that killed 49 people Sunday morning at Pulse, the source said.

But authorities are looking into whether she should face charges for what she may have known of his intentions and possibly failed to report to law enforcement.

The development comes as investigators try to understand what prompted Mateen to carry out the devastating attack. Forty-nine people were killed early Sunday and 53 people were wounded. Officials said that 28 victims are still hospitalized, including at least four people who are in critical condition.

Mateen and his second wife lived in Fort Pierce, Florida. She has told the FBI that she tried to dissuade him from doing anything violent, though denied she knew about his plans to attack the gay club.

When he left their home Saturday, hours before the mass shooting, Mateen lied about where he was going, Salman told federal investigators.

A separate source told CNN that Salman had some prior knowledge of her husband’s intention to launch an attack.

Law enforcement officials said Salman accompanied Mateen on trips to scout potential targets though it is unclear how much she knew about his intentions. She was with him when he visited Pulse and Disney Springs — an entertainment and shopping complex — apparently in early June.

She also accompanied him on an April 26 visit to Disney World. Disney security officials have told the FBI that they believe the visit was to conduct reconnaissance.

The early June visits took place during the same period Mateen was purchasing the weapons used in the devastating attack.

Hours before the carnage, Mateen made one last trip to Disney Springs, law enforcement officials said. That time, Mateen was alone.

Justice Department prosecutors and FBI investigators are reviewing Salman’s account and other evidence to determine whether to bring charges against her for allegedly failing to report her knowledge of his general plans to carry out some kind of attack.

Such charges could include misprision, a deliberate concealment of knowledge of a pending crime.

As reported by CNN