“Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God,” said Orlando Pulse shooter, Mateen, on a call with a 911 dispatcher. “I am in Orlando, and I did the shootings.”
In the early morning hours of June 12th, nightclub gunman, Omar Mateen spoke with 911 on three separate occasions. The police recently released a partial transcript of his calls with 911 dispatchers and crisis negotiators.
Mateen calls himself an “Islamic soldier” and pledges his allegiance to the Islamic state in Arabic. He tells the U.S. to stop bombing Syria and Iraq, and says that is why he was committing this massacre.
When the crisis negotiator asked Mateen what he had done, he responded by saying: “No, you already know what I did.” Later in the call, he says: “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.” Fortunately, no explosives were actually found in the shooter’s vehicle.
During the hostage attack, Mateen not only spoke with police three times, he also made a goodbye call to a friend, called a news station, texted his wife, and posted on Facebook.