Orlando killer to police in released transcript: ‘I did the shootings’

Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. A gunman opened fire at a nightclub in central Florida, and multiple people have been wounded, police said Sunday. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

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.

The FBI says that the Orlando nightclub shooter was not directed by a foreign terror group, but was radicalized domestically.

At a news conference Monday morning, Ron Hopper of the FBI also said that in 911 calls, shooter Omar Mateen described his actions to an operator in a “chilling, calm and deliberate manner.”

Hopper says that the investigation is continuing. The transcripts show that Mateen told a crisis negotiator that the U.S. needed to stop bombing Iraq and Syria.

Officials said at the news conference that the investigation into the June 12 shooting that left 49 victims dead is continuing.

This story will be updated as more details emerge. A copy of the FBI’s report is on the following page.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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