Obama to visit Orlando as US authorities mulls charges for shooter's wife

June 16, 2016 15:11

ORLANDO, Fla. - US President Barack Obama was set to visit Orlando on Thursday to meet with survivors and family members of the 49 people killed in a gunman's rampage at a gay nightclub as authorities weighed whether to charge the assailant's wife.

Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old US citizen born in New York to Afghan immigrant parents, also wounded 53 people in a three-hour-long rampage inspired by Islamic State militants that stands as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has interviewed Mateen's second wife, Noor Salman, who knew of his plans, according to a law enforcement source, and prosecutors were preparing to present evidence against her to a federal grand jury.

Salman has not commented publicly since the attack, which began around 2 a.m. early Sunday.

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