A neighbor of the Pulse nightclub where a mass shooting left 49 people dead and 53 others injured told a 911 dispatcher that panicked patrons were banging on his door for shelter and hiding behind his vehicle.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office released Tuesday some of the calls made my witnesses and neighbors near the Pulse nightclub. "He is bleeding, and he got shot and nobody is going in for him", said one caller to 911, nearly three hours after the shooting began.
The Orlando Police Department, which received the bulk of the calls after the shooting began, has yet to release its 911 calls.
The authorities had previously refused to release any of the 911 calls, only providing a limited transcript of Mateen's discussions with the police, during which he identified himself as the Orlando shooter and pledged loyalty to the head of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Mateen was killed following a more than three-hour standoff with police.
"My girlfriend is hiding in the club stalls and people are shot and dead and like 18 people hiding in the bathroom".
These calls from the sheriff's office were not from people inside Pulse, but were instead calling after hearing from relatives or friends of people inside.
The dispatcher told him that a SWAT team was about to go inside the nightclub.
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At one point, he tells the dispatcher his girlfriend is not responding.
"People are shot and dead ..."
Then came the calls from family and friends, trying to get help for their loved ones inside the club.
"No, no, no, I'm fine", he said.
One mother called police from her home while her son was on the other line.
Another caller says a friend "sent us a text and said that he has been shot and he's in the bathroom and no one sees him".
When the girlfriend stops answering his texts, the dispatcher tries to calm him down, saying, "I'll stay on the phone with you".
In the absolutely heartbreaking audio below, a caller who's in tears tells a 911 operator that his friend has been shot. News stories displayed here appear in our category for US Headlines and are licensed via a specific agreement between LongIsland.com and The Associated Press, the world's oldest and largest news organization.