FBI Releases Partial Transcript Of Orlando Nightclub Shooting Calls

Monday morning, the FBI released a partially redacted transcript of the 911 call Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen made during his rampage inside the club, which left 49 people dead, reports CNN. According to the transcript, Mateen told the dispatcher “I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.”

The transcript shows that Mateen was speaking in Arabic to the dispatcher at one point,  and that he also pledged allegiance to an organization and an individual during the call. The transcript does not identify which organization or individual Mateen pledged to, but as CNN has previously reported that Mateen had pledged allegiance to ISIS. The FBI also released summaries of three calls between Mateen and crisis negotiators, however they did not release any of the transcripts from those instances.
During the call,  Mateen claimed to be an Islamic soldier, 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,'” according to the document.
Here is a summary of what took place during the phone call:
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.

Read the full FBI report here.
RIP to all 49 victims of this senseless tragedy. Rot in hell, Mateen.
[h/t CNN]

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