ORLANDO, Fla. (WHDH) — Newly-released police reports give an inside look at what officers when they responded to the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The first police report of shots fired came in at 2:02 a.m. on Sunday, June 12. By 2:05 a.m., reports described an all-out assault at the Pulse Nightclub.
“I observed individuals running out of the club covered in blood with gunshot wounds and many more in the parking lot also with gunshot wounds,” wrote Officer Gustavo Pizzarello in his report. Another officer reported seeing three to four bodies lying in the parking lot.
Twenty-one pages of police narratives were released to the media, detailing the chaos. While officers separated victims by their level of injuries outside Pulse, many said they were concerned of possible improvised explosive devices outside.
Just after 2:30 a.m., Deputy Johnerick Sanchez said he went inside the club while the gunman was still inside. While inside, Sanchez wrote that he evacuated victims from bathrooms and a dressing room. By 3 a.m., officers established a perimeter around the club and waited for the SWAT team to complete their entry.
The attack ended by 5 a.m. when police breeched the club’s walls. Forty-nine people were killed in the shooting and more than 50 were wounded.
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