The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released chilling audio of the 911 calls related to June’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
The calls, which were released Tuesday, are the first to be made public.
The release comes nearly three months after the massacre, in which a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 at the Orlando, Florida, nightclub. The police killed the shooter, Omar Mateen, after he took hostages in a three-hour standoff inside the nightclub.
In the audio, terrified callers relay information to emergency dispatchers.
Many of the calls were from people who were not at the club but were calling 911 on behalf of loved ones believed to be inside.
“I understand. We are in the club. We are searching for everybody. We’re pulling victims out,” a dispatcher told a woman calling about her brother, who was at the club, at about 2:43 a.m. “We’re still on scene. It’s actively being worked, ma’am. Listen, please be patient. It’s going to take a while before we figure out where everybody’s at.”
Some callers were frustrated after calling multiple times and seeming to get little information from the scene:
Dispatcher: “911, what’s the location of your emergency?”
Caller: “Pulse nightclub. My girlfriend’s in the bathroom. There are now four dead in the bathroom and two shot; they’re bleeding out. If somebody doesn’t get there soon they’re gonna die. This is like the f—ing fifth time I’ve called. This is f—ed up.”
Dispatcher: “We have people there. When did she contact you?”
Caller: “I just finally spoke to her again and there’s nobody in the f—ing nightclub.”
These are just some of the calls from that night. The Orlando Police Department hasn’t released its 911 calls yet and is in the middle of a lawsuit centered on that and other public records from the shooting.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted a warning on its Facebook page that the calls were graphic, and it provided contact information for emotional counseling:
Business Insider received the 911 calls from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and confirmed all of them are in this playlist that the New York Daily News uploaded to SoundCloud: