911 calls released from night of Orlando Pulse shooting

Joseph McCormick September 16, 2016
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The Pulse nightclub (Getty)

New emergency service calls have been released by the city of Orlando from the night a gunman opened fire at the Pulse club, killing 49.

The calls came from a club-goer who had been in the bar who was out with a friend, the two of who managed to get out before gunman Omar Mateen opened fire using an assault rifle.


A second call was from a brother who had been texting with his sister who was shot in the ribs and leg, and found herself trapped in the bathroom of the club.

“She is saying, ‘Please hurry up … She says ‘Try to get someone in there because he’s getting ready to shoot,'” the brother tells the police call-handler in the call.

“She just says there is a lot of blood,” he adds in the call, which took place two hours into a three-hour police standoff with Mateen.

The police dispatcher tells the brother on the call that officers were going through the club rescuing patrons one room at a time.

“Why can’t they find her?” the brother says.

“She is losing a lot of blood. It’s making it kind of hard for me to talk to her.”

In another call, a woman says her friend has been shot and that they managed to make it outside the club.

“But my friend is shot,” the woman says, crying, as the dispatcher tells her he can’t stay on the phone as many other calls were coming through, but offers to put her through to the fire department who can talk her through administering first aid to her friend.

The calls were released after the Associated Press and others sued the city for them to release the more than 600 calls relating to the shooting.

The FBI had said their release could have investigated the investigating into the mass shooting, but last week said it was no longer necessary to withhold them.

Partial transcripts of calls between Omar Mateen and police were released in June shortly after the shooting.

In calls to authorities, he said “I did the shooting”, and pledged allegiance to terrorist group ISIS.

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