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Omar Mateen: Orlando Nightclub Shooter's 911 Tapes Released

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Police negotiators talking to gunman Omar Mateen at first weren't sure if the person they had on the phone was actually in the Orlando, Florida, Pulse nightclub during the June 12 massacre, according to audio recordings released Monday, Oct. 31, after a judge ruled they should be made public. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 01:58 PM

Orlando police have released 911 tapes of Omar Mateen from the night of the Pulse nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured.

The tapes were released on Monday after Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber ordered them to be made public immediately.

Mateen, who opened fire inside the nightclub June 12 in the deadliest-ever mass shooting in the nation, could be heard on a series of 911 calls with a negotiator from the Orlando police on the night of the shooting.

“Who am I speaking with, please?” the negotiator asked Mateen during one of the calls, according to CBS News.

“You are speaking with the person who pledges allegiance to the Islamic State of (inaudible),” Mateen answered.

When the negotiator asked Mateen for his location, the shooter wouldn't give it.

“No. Because you have to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq,” Mateen said. “They are killing a lot of innocent people. So what am I to do here? When my people are getting killed over there. You get what I’m saying?”

“I do. I completely get what you’re saying,” the negotiator answers. “What I am trying to do is prevent anyone else from getting…”

“You need to stop the U.S. airstrikes,” Mateen said before the negotiator could finish. “They need to stop the U.S. airstrikes, OK?”

Among the emphatic things Mateen said on the calls, he used the word "homeboy" to describe his relationship with Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, CBS noted.

Later on in the conversation, the negotiator asked Mateen what was going on at the nightclub.

“What’s going on is that I feel the pain of the people getting killed in Syria and Iraq,” Mateen said, according to CNN.

The negotiator then asked Mateen if he had done anything about how he was feeling. “You already know what I did,” Mateen replied.

According to CNN, Mateen had first entered the nightclub as a customer on the night of June 11, but returned hours later armed with guns.

Another judicial decision is pending in the case of the horrific Orlando shooting as news outlets are requesting the city to release 911 calls that might have caught audio from the actual shooting.

There were 232 calls, all of which the judge plans on listening to before making a decision, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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