It’s been over a week since the deadly attacking at the Orlando Pulse Nightclub. Ever since the identification of the shooter was made public, new information has been revealed daily. Now, after conducting an investigation, the FBI has released a partial transcript of the 911 calls made by shooter Omar Mateen.
The transcripts include conversations between Mateen and 9-1-1 operators and a summary of the talks between Mateen and the emergency negotiators.
The first call was made at 2:35 a.m., 30 minutes after police started to respond to the shooting calls from Pulse. During this call, Mateen spoke in Arabic and repeatedly praised “God the Merciful.” He also told the 911 dispatch officer, “I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.”
After this call, Mateen then spoke to the Orlando Police Department Crisis Negotiation Department three times. Here is the transcript summary as reported by USA Today:
2:48 a.m.: First crisis negotiation call occurred lasting approximately nine minutes.
3:03 a.m.: Second crisis negotiation call occurred lasting approximately 16 minutes.
3:24 a.m.: Third crisis negotiation call occurred lasting approximately three minutes.
In these calls, the shooter, who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted], and told the negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was “out here right now.” When the crisis negotiator asked the shooter what he had done, the shooter stated, “No, you already know what I did.” The shooter continued, stating, “There is some vehicle outside that has some bombs, just to let you know. You people are gonna get it, and I’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid.” Later in the call with the crisis negotiator, the shooter stated that he had a vest, and further described it as the kind they “used in France.” The shooter later stated, “In the next few days, you’re going to see more of this type of action going on.” The shooter hung up and multiple attempts to get in touch with him were unsuccessful.
4:21 a.m.: OPD pulled an air conditioning unit out of a Pulse dressing room window for victims to evacuate.
4:29 a.m.: As victims were being rescued, they told OPD the shooter said he was going to put four vests with bombs on victims within 15 minutes.
5:02 a.m.: OPD SWAT and OCSO Hazardous Device Team began to breach wall with explosive charge and armored vehicle to make entry.
5:14 a.m.: OPD radio communication stated that shots were fired.
5:15 a.m.: OPD radio communication stated that OPD engaged the suspect and the suspect was reported down.
Based on OPD radio communications, there were no reports of shots being fired inside Pulse between the initial exchange of gunfire between responding officers and the shooter and the time of the final breach. During this time, the shooter communicated with an OPD 911 operator and an OPD crisis negotiator and OPD radio communications reported that victims were being rescued.
The FBI urges the public to provide information about the shooter and any contact they may have had with him. Since the release of the FBI’s Seeking Information poster, the FBI has received thousands of tips. The FBI will investigate every tip.
After the release revealed it would only include partial statements, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke out against President Obama’s decision to withhold the other parts. Ryan tweeted, “The president should reverse his administration's decision to censor the #Orlando shooter's 911 transcript.” Ryan feels that the American people should know who the shooter was and what his real intentions and motivations were.
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