From the outset our research has pointed in the direction that Omar Mateen was committing an act of Jihad terrorism targeting a facility/venue he knew well, Pulse Nightclub. Nothing about the event, or the preparatory behavior prior to the attack, held the appearance of a pure suicide mission. The possibility of getting caught or killed obviously part of the process – but the preferred objective was to exit and escape.
Early on it simply appeared he intended to walk in, shoot and kill as many as possible, and then exit within less than a minute. His plan was foiled by the off-duty security (fully uniformed police officer) who engaged Mateen and forced his way back into the nightclub.
As further evidence toward that end it is revealed Mateen pre-purchased three airline tickets for himself, his wife and his son the day prior to the shooting for use the day following the shooting.
When you add in the fact his mother was the first one to identify her 29-year-old son had not returned home, an increasingly clear picture emerges that the family knew of the entire terror attack, at least the broad outlines, including the escape plan.
(Via CNN) […] The gunman paid the entry fee, obtained a wrist band, and entered the club, the officials said. Investigators believe he may have been checking the club security. Surveillance video, cell phone tracking along with witness interviews have helped the FBI to build a timeline of his whereabouts on the night of the attack. But they are still working to determine what he was doing for a two-hour period between when he left the club and returned.
The day before, he had bought three plane tickets for him, his wife, Noor Salman, and child to travel from West Palm Beach to San Francisco in July. Investigators don’t know why, if he was planning an attack, he made travel plans.
When the gunman left his home Saturday in Fort Pierce about a two-hour drive away from Orlando, he was angry and he carried a bag with his guns, his wife has told investigators. (read more)
Occam’s Razor – Noor Zahi Salman obviously knew of the airline tickets. She knew of him leaving, and she knew the intended target – she took him there previously. Everything his wife has stated after the event should be dismissed as trying to give the impression of not knowing, because every fact related to this terror attack points to her direct involvement.