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 said Mateen called 911 at 2:35 a.m., a little less than 30 minutes after the first reports of shots being fired inside the nightclub. He had already engaged in a firefight with several of them before the call.
“You people are gonna get it, and I’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid,” Mateen said.
He spoke with an emergency dispatcher, saying “I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.” During the 50-second call with a dispatcher, Mateen “made murderous statements in a chilling, calm and deliberate manner,” Ronald Hopper, FBI assistant special agent in charge in Orlando, said during a news conference.
On that phone call, Mateen also said a Muslim prayer, and pledged his allegiance to the leader of ISIS.