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Nine emergency calls made during Pulse massacre released

Published 01/09/2016

Omar Mateen killed dozens of people in the shooting rampage in June
Omar Mateen killed dozens of people in the shooting rampage in June

The city of Orlando in Florida has released a fraction of the hundreds of 911 emergency calls that were made during the Pulse nightclub massacre.

The nine calls were mostly from people outside the nightclub who were communicating with people trapped inside.

Hundreds of other 911 calls are currently tied up in a legal battle between the city of Orlando and two dozen media groups.

The media groups argue that the recordings will help the public evaluate the police response, but the city of Orlando claims the recordings are exempt under Florida public records law, and that the FBI insists releasing them may disrupt the ongoing investigation.

During the June massacre, gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people, with 53 others taken to hospital.

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