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Orlando Eyewitness: 'Shooter Called A Friend During Attack And Said There Were 3 Other Gunmen With Him And Woman Playing Dead With A Suicide Vest'

Witness tells ABC News that he played dead for three hours to stay alive, and he heard the conversations from two phone calls made by Omar Mateen during the siege.


Riveting account from an eyewitness to the Orlando slaughter tells ABC's 20/20 that the shooter Omar Mateen made two phone calls during the attack: one to 'police or a reporter' and a second call to someone he knew. Mateen also reportedly asked victims their race and said America needs to 'stop bombing ISIS in Syria.

'He told a friend on the phone he was the fourth shooter, and there were three snipers stationed outside to attack police, and he mentioned a woman's name who he said was playing dead on the floor with a bombing vest.




Witness recounts the horror of playing dead for three hours.



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Jun 13, 2016 at 12:41 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Orlando PD decided to move on club when shooter threatened to begin putting bomb vests on hostages.

Jun 13, 2016 at 12:43 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Anybody hear something about someone holding a door closed so people could not get out?
Jun 13, 2016 at 12:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
DB, there are some reports of ambulances not on scene immediately after the shooting started even though a hospital was nearby. That would be true as protocol for EMS is that they cannot enter a scene where weapons etc are involved until it has been secured. A good question would be, at what time were EMS staff allowed to enter the scene?

I would also like to know how many deaths would have been attributed to trampling and of course there are reports of someone holding a door shut.

Code always dictates that at a place of business all doors of egress are to open from the inside out. It is not unusual to find doors that are installed incorrectly. This could either confirm or debunk that report.


Among the violations listed in the OSHA complaint were an exit door that swung the wrong way and the placement of "highly flammable foam" on an exit door and surrounding walls.

I certainly think that this situation reeks to high heaven and thought I would mention the above facts.
Jun 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Yes gomp, it is here. And I will be posting it soon.

“In a moment of desperation we were all crawling on the floor trying to find a place to exit. I looked to my right and I could see people going through some curtains. We were digging through the curtains and found a door.’’ But he said the door was blocked by a man. He wasn’t sure if it was a club security person or an accomplice to the gunmen.

“Fifty people were trying to jump over each other trying to exit the place. There was a guy holding the door and not letting us exit. He’s like ‘Stay inside, stay inside.’ As he is saying that, the shooter keeps getting closer and closer and the sound of the bullets is getting closer. Everyone starts to panic. People are getting trampled. Let us out, let us out!’’’ Gonzalez’ first thought was that it was a hate crime. “This guy is trying to prevent us from leaving. Maybe they’re working together,’’ he said.

Jun 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Thanks DB, I heard something overnight about it but no one I talked to knew anything about it. And John is correct on the EMS protocols, and the egress door requirements.
Jun 13, 2016 at 1:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Police should attack right away instead of waiting in hostage situations......why wait?
Jun 13, 2016 at 4:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterRhondar
BTW DB, Nice coverage. Was kind of hoping that Cheyenne would weigh in on this one. Always interesting. How'd the golf tourney go? You make the cut?
Jun 13, 2016 at 9:11 PM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
And then there's this take on it. This person, in another interview, said he felt something in his gut that didn't feel right and decided not to go to Pulse that night. Hmmmm.
Jun 13, 2016 at 9:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterInWestor

Golf qualifier is still not for a few weeks.
Jun 13, 2016 at 10:49 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

Are you implying he was given advance warning from Mateen? I haven't watched the clip yet.
Jun 13, 2016 at 10:50 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
DB, I just found the whole interview a little odd. Not sure how truthful it is, but interesting none-the-less. Especially if Mateen had been at the club multiple times before.
Jun 13, 2016 at 10:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterInWestor
At this point it could be one of 2 things:

Omar had help in the nightclub and his help escaped and the FBI doesn't want to scare people by admitting they have absolutely no idea who or where these people are.


Omar was bullshitting his friend or whomever he called for some unknown reason.

I could understand if Omar lied and told 911 he had accomplices. That would make sense. But why would he call a friend and mention that he was one of 4 shooters? And I have seen another clip with a different eyewitness who was also in the bathroom who told Anderson Cooper the exact same thing about the phone call. So the phone call definitely happened. Here the clip.

Jun 13, 2016 at 11:02 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

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