Body cameras give first look inside Pulse nightclub

New footage from Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff's Office released body camera video on Thursday captured by deputies responding to the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The new videos are one of the first looks at inside the gay nightclub on June 12, where 49 people were killed and more than 50 people were injured.

Scattered papers and fluid litters the floor in the footage from one deputy walking into the club.

The Sheriff's Office redacted a large time period in the video because it depicted "the killing of a person," but audio is still on. The video is blacked out for most of the time the deputy is inside the club, but deputies can be heard discussing how to move victims.

Sounds of police radios echo inside the club and authorities shouted “all clear,” as they went though the building, WKMG reported.

An iPhone ring tone goes off and then another one. Phones ringing can be heard throughout the body camera video.

Flower-shaped party lights were still flashing as deputies cleared the second floor.

Video from another deputy starts with him changing blood-soaked gloves. In the background, someone shouts about getting victims loaded into the back of a pickup truck so they can be transported.

The deputy enters the club and is almost immediately asked to help carry a victim across the street to Einstein Bros. Bagels. A lone cellphone is lit up on the floor near the entrance.

The deputy re-enters and is told to expect more survivors to come out. Dispatch can be heard saying there are more people barricaded upstairs.

A man in a floral shirt approaches and the deputy escorts him away from the scene after being pat down. The man, sobbing, tells the deputy that he was DJing before the shooter opened fire.

"As soon as I heard gunshots I put the volume down," he said. He wasn't injured.

Minutes later another survivor emerges. The man begs, "Please help my friends, they're very injured."

Deputies talk among themselves about checking for pulses.

Orlando Regional Medical Center

The Sheriff's Office also released body camera video from Orlando Regional Medical Center on S. Orange Ave., where many of the victims were taken to for treatment.

In the body camera video, a dozen Orange County deputies and Orlando police officers are standing in front of the hospital talking to several people who were inside the club.

"My best friend got shot," a man told deputies."The guy started shooting everyone in the club. Everybody."

The Orange County Sheriff's Office was one of the many Central Florida agencies that responded to the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

During a hearing last week, a circuit judge ordered Orlando to release all of the audio recordings with the shooter, Omar Mateen.

WKMG and other news outlets have been fighting over the release of all the 911 calls connected with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that the city has plans to purchase the site of the shooting for $2.25 million and turn it into a memorial.


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