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Orlando, FL - Logs Show Orlando Shooting Victims Begged For Help As Bodies Went Numb

Published on: June 30, 2016 07:03 PM
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FILE - Police forensic investigators work at the crime scene of a mass shooting, as bodies are removed at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Jim YoungFILE - Police forensic investigators work at the crime scene of a mass shooting, as bodies are removed at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Jim Young

Orlando, FL - Emergency call logs released Thursday show that victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando pleaded with sheriff’s deputies and dispatchers to save them as they described losing their breath and feeling their bodies go numb from their wounds.

Gunman Omar Mateen’s rampage at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 left 49 people dead and 53 injured before police fatally shot him after a more-than-three-hour standoff. It was the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.


In the most recent batch of 911 logs released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, dispatchers describe calls from multiple victims, including an 18-year-old woman who said “she is losing eyesight and feeling in her body.”

Orlando Police initially responded to Pulse at 2:02 a.m., but when the police dispatch center became overwhelmed that night, overflow calls were sent to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s 911 call-receiving center, said Sheriff’s Capt. Angelo Nieves. Also, 911 calls made by parents and concerned friends outside of the Orlando area who were communicating with victims inside the club were routed to the sheriff’s center that night.

At 2:05 a.m. sheriff’s dispatchers first noted a “shooting inside Pulse nightclub, multiple people down.” By 2:10 a.m., Orlando police had told deputies there was still an active shooter inside, and sheriff’s dispatchers began receiving calls from victims.

“Victim (says) her body is going numb,” a dispatcher wrote at 2:21 a.m.

“Another subject called in to advise she was injured, sounded out of breath. Advised she was possibly in the bathroom,” another wrote at 2:22 a.m.

“My (victim) is 18 years of age. ... she is losing eyesight and feeling in her body,” a dispatcher wrote at 2:36 a.m.

The logs show it took just minutes for law enforcement to know they were dealing with a shooter carrying a high-powered weapon, and that normal protections weren’t an option.

At 2:17 a.m., a dispatcher wrote that units “need shields,” referring to bulletproof armored shields used to protect officers in raids.

A minute later, another deputy advised that the gunfire coming from Pulse “sounds like an AK” or “a long rifle.”

“Shield will not stop rifle fire,” a dispatcher wrote.

Throughout the ordeal, the sheriff’s logs show people pleaded for deputies to come inside and help.

“Pleading for deputies to enter back entrance to club on NW corner. He is in the room on the west side of the building in a closet in the back,” the dispatcher wrote at 2:40.

Several minutes earlier, at 2:32:55, a dispatcher wrote, “Compl(ainant) adv(ises) losing feeling in her leg. . Just keeps saying I don’t want to die today.”

Numerous club-goers managed to escape from Pulse during the three-hour standoff, and first responders managed to pull some victims from the front of the club when Mateen went into the back areas.

Still, neither the sheriff’s call logs nor those released by Orlando police on Tuesday shed much light on why police didn’t go in earlier. Records do show that for a time they believed Mateen had explosives.

The sheriff’s 911 logs show that at 2:51, dispatchers were advised by Orlando police that Mateen said he had several bombs.

At 4:29 a.m., dispatchers said, “A text advises the suspect is going to attach 4 vests to 4 people in different directionals in the club.”

The logs also show that ammunition was found in a car on the north side of the club’s parking lot.

Dispatchers also noted dozens of calls from frantic family members who were communicating with their loved ones inside.

Some included references to small acts of heroism amid the carnage.

“(Mother) called in reference to son ... in unknown bathroom ... son was shot, unknown where and is with a friend who is a doctor trying to control bleeding.”

Finally, at 5:14 a.m., sheriff’s dispatchers noted that Orlando police were reporting shots fired in the north bathroom where Mateen was located.

“Confirmed suspect is down,” they wrote at 5:31 a.m.

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Read Comments (4)  —  Post Yours »


 Jun 30, 2016 at 07:09 PM bennyt Says:

If you sin with your body, you'll suffer with your body.


 Jul 01, 2016 at 02:11 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

While they were dying at the hands of a single shooter, the police were outside waiting for three hours.


 Jul 01, 2016 at 07:35 AM Anonymous Says:

The Orlando Police, and its SWAT team were incompetent. They should have gone in immediately, and used suppresive fire to have engaged the shooter. Their waiting three hours, cost many lives, needlessly. They were poorly trained, and tried to negotiate, with that psycho, which was a mistake!


 Jul 01, 2016 at 10:31 AM Chaim Says:

Reply to #1  
bennyt Says:

If you sin with your body, you'll suffer with your body.

I shouldn't be surprised by your remarks -- I know from reading your many posts that you are a pathetically hateful individual. But this statement really shows you in all your sick glory. You are a walking distortion of Judaism -- someone who embodies the very opposite of the spirit of darchei noam the Torah is supposed to represent.
Even in the days when the death penalty could be imposed for all manner of Torah prohibitions, the Talmud tells us that a Sanhedrin that executed even one person in 70 years was considered a bloody Sanhedrin.
But time and again you show in your posts that you have a lot more in common with hate-filled jihadists than you'd ever want to admit. I can't imagine how any non-religious Jew reading your statements would ever want to even think of becoming observant. You're a stain on the reputations of frum Jews everywhere. You think Rav Moshe or Rav Soleveitchik or the Chofetz Chaim or Rav Kook or the Lubatvicher Rebbe, etc. would ever speak or write in the openly bigoted and hate-filled way that you do every day? What a miserable lowlife you must be.


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