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Omar Mateen: 'I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings'

Posted at 8:06 AM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 11:06:27-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Newly released transcripts show Orlando gunman Omar Mateen spoke in Arabic to a 911 dispatcher and told a crisis negotiator that the U.S. needed to stop bombing Iraq and Syria.

 

The FBI released partial transcripts Monday of three 911 calls as it prepared to give additional details about its investigation into the massacre at the Pulse nightclub, which left 49 victims dead. Mateen also died.

Mateen spoke three times with an emergency dispatcher once the massacre was underway.

The FBI says Mateen identified himself as an Islamic soldier. He also claimed to be equipped with bombs in a vehicle outside, though authorities say they've found no evidence of explosives.

He said to a 911 operator, "I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings."

The communications, along with Facebook posts and searches made before and during the shooting, add to the public understanding of the final hours of Mateen's life.