Reuters is reporting that the gunman who killed 49 people in the largest terror attack on US soil since 9/11 told 911 dispatchers he planned to strap explosives to hostages and that he had a car packed with explosives ready to go outside of the nightclub.
The gunman who killed 49 people in a Florida nightclub called 911 dispatchers during the rampage to say he planned to put four explosive vests on hostages and that he wanted the U.S. military to stop bombing Syria and Iraq, according to transcripts released by the FBI on Monday.
“You people are gonna get it and I’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid,” Omar Mateen said during one of his calls during last week’s siege at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released partial transcripts of three phone calls that Mateen, who was killed by police, made while he held hostages in the nightclub.
ABC News has more:
Orlando gunman Omar Mateen spoke in Arabic to a 911 dispatcher, identified himself an Islamic soldier and demanded to a crisis negotiator that the U.S. “stop bombing Syria and Iraq,” according to transcripts released by the FBI on Monday.
The partial, printed transcript were of three conversations Mateen had with the police during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, in which 49 people died and dozens were wounded.
Those communications, along with Facebook posts Mateen made before and after the shooting, add to the public understanding of the final hours of Mateen’s life.
The first call came more than a half hour after shots rang out, when Mateen told a 911 operator, “Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God,” he told the dispatcher, referring to God in Arabic.
“I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.”
Mateen’s name and the groups and people to whom he pledged allegiance were omitted from the excerpt. But the FBI has previously stated that he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.
Shortly after the call, Mateen had three conversations with crisis negotiators in which he identified himself as an Islamic soldier and told a negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was “out here right now,” according to the excerpt.
This is a developing story and we’ll publish more details as they become available.