On Sunday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the FBI would release a partial transcript of conversations between Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and police negotiators. Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others at the gay club in Orlando before during in a gunfight with police.
The transcripts, however, will not include Mateen’s declaration of loyalty to the Islamic State. “These are the calls with the Orlando PD negotiating team, who he was, where he was,” Lynch said on MSNBC. “What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda.”
James Comey, the director of the FBI, has said that Mateen made three phone calls with police during the massacre, the Washington Post reports. The transcripts will be redacted “to avoid re-victimizing those people that went through through this horror,” Lynch said on CNN. “But it will contain the substance of his conversations.”
“It’s been our goal to get as much information about this investigation into the public domain as possible,” Lynch said. “So people can understand, as we do, possibly what motivated this killer, what led him to this place and also provide us with more information.”
Update – 11:30 am
Mateen made the first call to a 911 dispatcher 2:35 a.m., while holding more than a dozen people hostage in the club’s bathrooms, according to the transcripts.
During the 50-second call, Mateen spoke Arabic and praised “God the Merciful.”
“I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings,” the transcript reads.
The dispatcher asked Mateen twice for his name and where he was located. He answered only with “In Orlando.”
Mateen also pledged allegiance several times to a person and groups, though the names were redacted by the FBI.
He then hung up.