911 calls show Pulse patron calming others during massacre
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Pulse patron hiding in a bathroom during a rampage inside the Orlando nightclub tried to calm more than a dozen other people trapped with him and reassured them that they would be rescued, according to new 911 audio recordings released Tuesday.
The 911 calls show the unidentified man trying to encourage others around him as he talks to a police dispatcher during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
"We've made it this far. We've got it. We've got it," the man can be heard saying to the other trapped patrons. "Hang in there."
The man tells the dispatcher two dead bodies are blocking the door, another man is passed out from a wound and others are shot.
"They need paramedics. I mean now," the man tells the dispatcher. "We have two guys. They are losing blood."
The dispatcher tells him repeatedly during the hour and a half call that officers are going through the club rescuing people and that they should stay where they are.
"They're coming for you right now," the dispatcher says again.
The 911 recordings were the latest round of calls released by the city of Orlando after a legal fight with media companies, including The Associated Press. The media companies argued their release would help the public evaluate the police response to the massacre.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, was killed during a shootout with SWAT team members after a three-hour standoff during which 49 patrons were killed and another 53 people were seriously injured.
Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group during a call with police negotiators.