Full transcript released of Orlando gunman’s 911 call
ORLANDO (KUSI) — After pressure from Washington lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, federal officials have released the full transcript of the Orlando gunman’s call to 911.
The gunman’s chilling words shed more light on his motivation for the massacre.
Thirty-three minutes after the first gunshots at Pulse, police said a 911 dispatcher heard from the gunman.
According to the transcript, Omar Mateen called and said in Arabic, "In the name of God the merciful and beneficial."
A dispatched then asked, "What?"
Mateen continued, "Praise be to God, and prayers, as well as peace be upon the prophet of God. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings."
"We currently have no evidence that he was directed by a foreign terrorist group but was radicalized domestically," said Special Agent Ron Hopper of the FBI.
The timeline shows crisis negotiations calls at 2:48 a.m., 3:03 a.m. and 3:24 a.m.
Police said releasing the audio would be too painful for victims, but they describe Mateen’s tone.
"While the killer made these numerous statements, he did so in a chilling, calm and deliberate manner," Agent Hopper said.
Calling himself and Islamic soldier, Mateen allegedly said he had bombs and that there would be similar attacks in days to come.
Police said the next shots fired came after a SWAT team entered at 5:02 a.m. The first shots in nearly three hours of hostage negotiations.
"So during that time our officers were intermittently in and out of that club saving people," said Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force said in the past week, it’s logged more than 500 interviews, processed more than 600 pieces of evidence and taken in thousands of tips. Officials said the investigation may last months, perhaps even years.
In the meantime here at home, in the wake of the shootings, a San Diego philanthropist in donating $200,000 to gay and lesbian programs at San Diego State University.
The donation from David Gubser will go toward academic mentoring, health and safety training and the creation of a scholarship for LGBT majors.