A journalist at News 13 over in Orlando has revealed the phone conversation he had with Omar Mateen moments after he’d massacred 49 people at Pulse nightclub.
Featured Image VIA
Mateen wanted to know if the media was aware of the devastation he had just unleashed.
Matt Gentili, who works as a news producer for News 13, said Mateen’s call went through to his office:
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?’
I replied: ‘Yes, I’m getting calls. I am hearing reports of a shooting.’
Mateen then told him:
I’m the shooter. It’s me. I am the shooter.
The two then had a brief conversation in which Mateen announced:
I did it for ISIS. I did it for the Islamic State.
Mateen then hung up, and shortly after was gunned down by a SWAT team who used explosives to distract him as he had hostages with him.
Meanwhile, ISIS have since claimed responsibility for the shooting, although it doesn’t appear that they gave a direct order for it or that they had any communication with Mateen whatsoever.
Amaq News Agency reported:
The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter.
ISIS reiterated this again earlier today in a broadcast on its Albayan Radio:
One of the Caliphate’s soldiers in America carried out a security invasion where he was able to enter a crusader gathering at a nightclub for homosexuals in Orlando, Florida … where he killed and injured more than a hundred of them before he was killed.
Again, there’s no evidence that Mateen had any kind of link with ISIS, but they’ve taken credit for it regardless since he saw fit to announce he carried out the attacks in their name.
Still as tragic as the situation is, it could have been even worse – had it not been for this quick-thinking bouncer who managed to save 60-70 lives.