Harrowing Tales - Begging 911 for Help While Watching Their Lives Drain from Their Bodies - 49 Dead at Orlando

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    Jul 01, 2016 10:36 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/us/new-documents-question-timeline-in-orlando-nightclub-massacre.htmlWounded nightclub patrons, trapped inside a bathroom during a standoff with a heavily armed gunman, pleaded for the police to rescue them, according to newly released sheriff’s dispatch logs — with some of them telling 911 operators that they were bleeding to death, or losing their vision and the feeling in their limbs...

    Officials in Orlando, Fla., said last week that they had no choice but to wait the situation out, finally ending the standoff three hours after it began. The gunman, Omar Mateen, took hostages and claimed he had a bomb, officials said, forcing the police to first try negotiations. Dispatch log records released on Thursday by the Orange County sheriff’s office showed that officers were first warned about the possibility of explosives at 2:51 a.m., 49 minutes after the shooting began.

    During that time, callers to 911 operators begged for help.

    One woman, who called at 2:21 a.m., said her body was going numb. For 24 minutes, the woman, who the log shows was 18, said everyone in the bathroom was injured and groaning in pain....

    The “compl” — dispatch shorthand for “complainant” – was “losing feel in her leg.” “Just keeps saying I don’t want to die today,” the operator wrote. At one point, she was losing her eyesight and feeling in her body. “Just keeps pleading, please come to the bathroom,” the log says.

    At 2:45 a.m., the line went dead.


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    Jul 01, 2016 10:42 PM GMT