ORLANDO — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released more than two hours of body cam footage from the Pulse nightclub shooting, though none appears to portray extensive portions of the interior where Omar Mateen's shooting spree left 49 dead and dozens injured.
Some of the footage obtained Friday appears to be from deputies standing at either the perimeter of the scene or exterior of the club. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orlando Police responded to the June 12 mass shooting at the gay nightclub.
“He’s still shooting. He’s still shooting. Still shooting,” one person, apparently a deputy, says at one point.
In speaking with crisis negotiation officials, Mateen, 29, called himself an “Islamic soldier.” He was killed after a confrontation with law enforcement officials.
Mateen, who was employed by G4S, worked at courthouse facilities in downtown Fort Pierce, but the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office revoked his credentials in October 2013. According to an email from a Sheriff’s lieutenant to a G4S representative, Mateen “exhibited behaviors not conducive to the court atmosphere.”
In one of the videos, a group of law enforcement officers positioned behind the corner of a brick building runs off. They proceed to a parking lot where several stretchers are on the ground.
In portions of the videos, a helicopter and sirens can be heard.
“Please help my friends … they’re very injured,” says an apparent victim.
“Are you shot?” a law enforcement officer asks.
The sheriff’s office released the videos following public records requests.
At one point a person reports three dead in the bathroom and about 15 others who’d been shot.
At another point a deputy points a gloved hand between his eyes and says, “One SWAT guy took one to the helmet.”
Soon after the shooting, Mateen’s father, Seddique, addressed groups of reporters in Port St. Lucie. He said he and his family were in shock at the actions of his son.
“As a father, I don’t want any father to go through what we are going through. I don’t approve what he did, ” Seddique Mateen said June 13. “What he did was completely (the) act of (a) terrorist.”
Seddique Mateen described the United States as his “house, ” saying the country “is the house that always (is) taking care of me, my family, all the people from my homeland.”