The family home of Noor Zahi Salman, the wife of Orlando killer Omar Mateen, 29, has been raided by the FBI.
Officers pulled up in a dark gray Dodge Charger car at the address, in Rodeo, California, at approximately 3.15pm local time Tuesday.
The home is currently thought to be occupied by Zahi Salman, 50, and one of her daughters – both of whom were visible through the open door.
Three FBI agents went inside the house. Two female agents were the first to approach the home, shout FBI, and enter to and speak to the occupants. They left after an hour and a half without comment.
The arrival of the FBI in California is the latest twist in a dramatic day of developments, which include the revelation that Salman, 30, knew about her husband’s plans but did not turn him in.
This morning, FBI sources told NBC andABC that the mother-of-one had driven her husband on scouting missions to the Pulse nightclub as well as on a visit to Disney Springs accompanied by her three-year-old son.
But despite being present when Mateen purchased the guns used to mow down 49 people and injure a further 53 in the early hours of Sunday morning, she failed to inform the authorities – and could now face charges herself.
A grand jury is being convened by federal prosecutors, Fox News reported.
The family home in Rodeo, a small town 40 minutes north of San Francisco, was quiet this morning when Daily Mail Online arrived with the windows shuttered.
A woman, believed to be Zahi, came to the door when this website visited but refused to say anything beyond that the family are ‘OK’.
he added: ‘We are OK but we don’t want to say anything. I am waiting for my daughter and to hear of her son. We will be OK.’
Shortly after the FBI departed, a neighbor Chuck Surman, 54, approached the house to leave a bunch of flowers on the mat.
Asked why, he said: ‘I wanted to do something for her [Zahi]. You can’t help what your kids do. I was shocked when I heard.’
Salman, a second-generation American with family ties to Palestine, grew up in Rodeo and many of her extended family still live in the area, including her uncles Bassam, Abdallah and Ossama.
The family is believed to have moved to the US in the 1970s from Ramallah, on the West Bank, and settled in California.
Her cousin Sana, 24, also lives close by but when approached by Daily Mail Online, said she did not know Mateen and had no further comment to make.
Salman is thought to be the eldest of four daughters, with other relations living in Ohio and Louisiana.
Her mother, Zahi, 50, still lives at the family home, which was left to her by her husband Ekbal, 56, following his death last year.
Neighbors describe a peaceful family who are quietly religious and have never caused trouble on the tranquil street on which they live
Glauber Franchi, 38, who runs a cleaning company and lives with his wife Jessie, 33, said: ‘They have four daughters and they’re all married but one.
‘They’re quiet – you don’t see much any movement but they are nice.
He added: ‘I worked for her once, cleaning her backyard. When I went there, she showed me the house and they have a lot of religious things in there.
‘There are wall hangings that say “I love Allah” but she has always been nice and there’s never been any problems or anything.’
Salman had been married to Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, 29, for at least three years and shared an apartment in Fort Pierce, Florida, with the killer and their three-year-old son.
She was Mateen’s second wife and married him after his divorce from first wife Sitora Yusifiy, 26, of Boulder, Colorado.
Salman was seen for the first time after the massacre on Monday evening as she arrived at her apartment in Fort Pierce with police.
Officers escorted her from a car to the front door. WSVN footage showed her pulling the hood of a grey sweater over her eyes to hide her face.
After collecting belongings from the home she shared with Mateen and their three-year-old son she got back in the officers’ car.
Daily Mail Online also visited Salman’s father-in-law, Seddique Mateen, at his home in Port St Lucie.
He said he knew nothing about his daughter-in-law’s alleged involvement in his son’s terrorist plot.
‘I don’t know anything. I will wait till (law enforcement officials) tells me,’ he told reporters at the front door of his four-bedroom custom-built home on busy Bayshore Boulevard in Port St, Lucie, Florida.
‘I don’t think she was involved.’
He also denied reports that his son, who died in the shoot-out with police at Pulse was gay — but then backed off when pressed further.
‘I don’t believe he was a — whatever you call it,’ he said in response to a question as to whether the 29-year-old was a homosexual.
‘I have to wait and to find out myself.
‘There was nothing to suggest that he was gay,’ added Mateen, who looked haggard and said he was feeling ill. When asked whether he ever spoke about homosexuality with his son, Mateen responded: ‘We never had any discussions.
‘But he was a 29-year-old adult and he wasn’t living with me. Everybody has his own responsibilities.’
On Sunday evening, Uzbekistan-born Yusifiy told reporters that her marriage to Mateen had been an abusive one, with Mateen taking his fists to the 26-year-old for the smallest of misdemeanors.
‘He was not a stable person,’ she said. ‘He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.’
Salman, however, appears to have enjoyed a longer marriage to Mateen and was included on a mortgage document in 2013.
Mateen, 29, of Port Lucie, Florida, became the deadliest mass shooter in US history in the early hours of Sunday morning after he stormed an Orlando gay club and opened fire on the revelers inside.
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