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Orlando shooter's father: My family had nothing to do with this, club should have had more security

Won't say where daughter-in-law is
Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 17:52:51-04

As the FBI continues its investigation into the Orlando tragedy, a lot of speculation surrounds the wife of the shooter, who may have known what was going to happen in advance.

Siddique Mateen said Wednesday that his daughter-in-law was not in the area, and he had not spoken to her about Sunday’s attack.

“My daughter in law is the most sincere and wonderful lady that I’ve ever known," said Mateen.

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Mateen deflected other questions about Noor Salman, but distanced himself from his son's actions.

"He did everything on his own.  None of my family are involved in this.”

That will be up to investigators to determine. And in a news conference Wednesday in Orlando, they were clear on what they won’t say about this investigation.

“I’m not going to speculate today as to any charges that may be brought or indeed about whether any charges will be brought in this case," said Lee Bentley, the US Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

“I lost my son and 50 other families lost their loved ones.  We’re all getting affected by this horrible terrorist group," said Mateen, who asked police to move the media from his driveway after he spoke Wednesday.

Mateen also faulted the Pulse nightclub, claiming it did not have enough security in place.

"They should have enough security when 300-400 people come to the business, they should have good security."

An Orlando police officer was working a security detail that night.