The conversations captured in a new set of 911 recordings released Thursday offer a glimpse into the early stages of the investigation of the June 12 Pulse
The investigation begins with a call at 2:42 a.m., seven minutes after Mateen’s first call to 911. An
The batch of calls, which also show the adrenaline, confusion and changing information that led to raised voices and emotional exchanges amid the chaos, was the largest so far from Pulse: 77 recordings came from the Orlando Fire Department and 62 were from the Orlando Police Department.
On Wednesday, the city said it would release 142 of 161 of fire department recordings and 73 of 284 police recordings "soon," but only part of those were released Thursday. The city is still withholding another 230, citing an exemption in state law.
The city has not released the 28 minutes of recorded conversation between Mateen and OPD's crisis negotiation team.
First responders used the 911 center as an information hub.
A dispatcher called for the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 3:02 a.m.: "They are asking for your bomb squad and I'm supposed to tell them that there is a Tahoe in the parking lot and there might be explosives tied to it," the Orlando dispatcher said.
At 3:21 a.m., an officer called, asking for the tag on Mateen's vehicle so he could start doing background on him. The dispatcher had trouble finding it immediately and noted she had "been running around like a chicken with its head cut off."
Fire department dispatchers called rescue units several times trying to get an update on where they were amid the confusion and chaos.
One emergency worker told a dispatcher she she was "having a hard time communicating" to their units.
After one call is disconnected, shouting is heard in the background to alert all the units at Pulse.
"My adrenaline is going way too fast," a dispatcher says. "… I just want to know what the [expletive] has come over people."
Several SoDo residents called 911, asking about helicopters flying overhead and the large police presence. Dispatchers told them to stay inside.
In one call from the fire dispatchers at 3:23 a.m., confusion about a second shooter at Orlando Regional Medical Center added to the chaos.
"We've got a second scene at ORMC," one person is heard saying on the recording. It was later found that a shooting did not take place at the hospital and there was only one gunman.
At 4:33 a.m., fire dispatchers called to request a captain to lead a Critical Incident Stress Management session for 911 operators who had been listening to people inside and out of the club for hours.
Some of Thursday's calls from the city's police line also came from national and local media outlets seeking information.
The Orlando Sentinel and two dozen other media organizations have been involved in a legal battle to have all the calls released.