Shooter and wife texted during Orlando massacre

Investigators say the gunman called 911, a television station, and a friend

Noor Salman
Noor Salman. Image Courtesy: CNN

(CNN) – For the 10th time, President Obama took on a role he’s become all too familiar with; consoler-in-chief.

The President, Vice President, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio met with the families of the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre; the worst mass shooting in the country’s modern history.

As the nation continues to grieve, investigators are learning more about what happened inside the club.

During the massacre people huddled in a bathroom. Some cried and others sat in fear hoping the gunman didn’t find them.

Miguel Leiva, one of the survivors, said, “I just remember you could smell the blood. There was so much blood you could smell it…The only people who are alive in the video are the people who are talking and moving. Everybody else is dead.”


Continuing Coverage: Orlando Massacre


Investigators say the gunman called 911, a television station, and a friend. Now investigators say he exchanged text messages with his wife. 2 hours into the attack on Pulse Nightclub, the gunman asked his wife if she’d seen the news.

At one point she texted back, she loved him, but it’s still unclear if she knew what was going on. Investigators say she called her husband several times, but only after word of the attack had spread.

The shooter’s wife apparently has given conflicting statements about how much she knew before he opened fire.

On Thursday, the President and Vice President paid their respects to the victims and mourned with their families.

President Obama said, “Once again, as has been true too many times before, I held and hugged grieving family members and parents and they asked why does this keep happening and they pleaded to do more to stop the carnage.”

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