Orlando Shooter Stopped Massacre To Make Two Final Phone Calls — See The Other Side Of One Disturbing Conversation
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen made two phone calls while he massacred the nightclub Pulse early Sunday morning, killing 49 people.
According to reports, the gunman called a friend to say goodbye before the final shootout that resulted in his death. The FBI has interviewed that friend, sources say, though no details of the conversation have been made public.
The other call Mateen reportedly made was to a local news station News13, where he announced his allegiance to the Islamic State.
Producer Matthew Gentili said the shooter called the station at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, about 45 minutes after the first shots were fired at the popular nightclub. He recalled:
"I answered the phone as I always do: 'News 13, this is Matt.' And on the other end, I heard, 'Do you know about the shooting?' "
After Gentili told the caller he heard reports of a shooting, Mateen cut in to say: