Pulse 911 transcripts document moments after gunman opened fire

'My life is important' club goer tells dispatcher

By Melodi Smith - Multimedia Journalist, Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor, Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

ORLANDO, Fla. - Transcripts of Pulse 911 calls made minutes after the gunman opened fire on June 12 were released by the city of Orlando on Friday.

The 100-plus pages of transcripts are the final portion of unreleased 911 calls made on the morning of the shooting.

Editors Note: News 6 is only publishing portions of the transcripts that shed light on the response to this tragic event. Many of the documents depicted graphic material.

One of the first calls was made at 2:03 a.m. A dispatcher told the caller police were already at the scene and to stay put.

"A lot of people are getting shot. You know what I mean?" the woman said. "I'm not trying to be one of them."

In many of the calls, dispatchers are speaking to shooting victims, giving them advice about first-aid.

"I'm bleeding out," said a victim, who was hiding in a nightclub bathroom. "My arm, my whole arm is bleeding."

"Place pressure on [the wound] and make sure you don't lift it up at any time and look at it," the operator told a caller outside of the club who was helping a man "bleeding profusely" at 2:06 a.m.

While operators told callers help was on the way, they also cautioned that it could take awhile for officers to safely get to them. Still, they tried to keep the callers from giving up.

"Listen to me, the person that's doing the shooting, the officers have to be able to safely get to them so that no one else is hurt," a dispatcher said to a man hiding upstairs. "They are doing everything they can."

In the minutes after Mateen opened fire, dispatchers tried to gather clues for a possible suspect and motive.

"Be honest with me. Is it someone that would be looking for you?," the operator asked a man just after 2:03 a.m. in a call that is punctuated by the sound of gunshots. "Like, you have no clue who this person is? They wouldn't be looking for you?"

The transcripts document the pure fear and shock of clubgoers moments after bullets pierced through the sound of Latin music at popular gay nightclub.

"They are shooting bullets right now, my life is important," a caller hiding in a closet with several others said.

The caller tells dispatchers they are not sure what is happening and they continue to hear gunshots. The gunfire stops a few minutes later.

"I can't believe anybody would do this, that it's not that hard to kill people," the caller said. 

After a three-hour standoff with an Orlando police SWAT team, the lone shooter, Omar Mateen, had killed 49 people and injured more than 50 at the gay nightclub in Orlando. Mateen was killed in a shootout with SWAT.

A judge ordered the city of Orlando to release the 911 calls after lawsuit filled by media companies. The first batch of calls were released on Monday.

Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber deemed calls made in the first 10 minutes of the shooting too graphic and said they could be released only as transcripts.

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