Emergency call log details horror of Orlando nightclub shooting

One caller said Mateen had gone upstairs where six people were hiding, and another caller said she thought Mateen had run out of bullets.

"Desk has open line, hearing 20-30 gunshots, heard female screaming", Desk5 reports at 2:09.

"My caller is no longer responding, just an open line with moaning", one dispatcher wrote.

Desk7 chimes in at 2:08: "Someone screaming help... someone is scraming [sic] I'm shot... multiple people screaming... hearing moaning".

A caller described Mateen as wearing a grey shirt and brown pants.

Mateen fatally shot 49 patrons and injured another 53 people during the worst mass shooting in recent USA history.

"Saying he pledges to the Islamic State", a dispatcher wrote at 2.40am.

The gunshots continued as more club-goers hiding in closets, dressing rooms and bathrooms called for help.

An Orlando police chaplain, part of a group of volunteer clerics who work with the department, called the dispatch center at 3:16 a.m.

At a few points, dispatchers recieved false information from callers, such as Mateen having bombs strapped to him and a second gunman.

"Shooter is saying he is a terrorist and has several bombs strapped to him", the CAD report said.

By then people began to evacuate the club, as some escaped a dressing room window by pushing an air conditioner out. At 5:07 a.m., dispatchers heard an explosion as SWAT team members tried to knock down a bathroom wall to free 15 captives.

The report notes the official call of Mateen's death at 5:17 a.m. with "bad guy down". "Male calling, advises shooting inside the club", a supervisor (SUPV) responds a minute later.

The records show that on the day of the shooting, Orlando Fire Marshal Tammy Hughes texted Fire Chief Roderick Williams to say a code enforcement officer had showed her "a picture where the club owner had blocked the exit with a coke machine", though exactly how and when the blockage occurred was unclear. A follow-up visit was planned but had not been assigned so it was not known if the problem was fixed, the emails said.

"We have no indication that exits were blocked", says Ashley Papagni, a spokesperson for the department, in a statement. The inspector only found that a light bulb in an exit sign needed to be replaced and a fire extinguisher needed to be hung on wall.

The club's six exits were enough to accommodate twice its occupant load of 299, the texts said.

Newly released public records from the city of Orlando on the mass shooting that killed 49 at the gay nightclub Pulse during "Latin Night" reveal more about the terror during those early morning hours of June 12. Mateen was killed by police after a standoff.

Those messages are still being withheld because of the active investigation by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday in a Florida courtroom in Orlando but it was abruptly cancelled after the US Department of Justice was added to the case and Justice officials asked for it to be transferred to federal court.

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