In a 2:08 a.m. call to 911 from the Pulse nightclub, a man whispered that he was hiding “in a back room” and wasn’t injured.
The dispatcher told the man to stay where he was if he felt safe and tried to get off the phone.
“No,” the caller said. “He’s gonna kill us.”
The dispatcher asked him to stay on the line while he transferred the call to OPD. But seconds later, the call dropped.
With the flood of calls coming in, 911 operators had no choice but to disconnect with victims still inside the club as the three-hour ordeal unfolded so they could answer other calls.
The 911 calls — the first from inside the Orlando club — reveal panic and fear the morning of the June 12 mass shooting, which left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured.
The recording was one of 21 more released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. Orange County’s 911 center receives emergency calls meant for the Orlando Police Department when Orlando’s lines are overflowing. The sheriff’s office previously released 20 calls.
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