Pulse nightclub massacre bodycam video documents officer response

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
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Newly released video from bodycams shows officers responding to a mass shooting at a Florida gay nightclub. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News at 5:30 a.m. on June 1, 2017.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Newly released video from bodycams on officers responding to a mass shooting at a Florida gay nightclub shows shattered glass inside the club, the sounds of automatic gunfire and an officer shouting to the gunman, "Come out with your hands up or you will die!"

The videos were released Wednesday to ABC News, the Orlando Sentinel and the newspaper's news partner, Fox 35.

In memoriam: Victims of the massacre at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Fla. on June 12, 2016.

The 11 hours of video show Pulse patrons running from the club and officers shouting, "Just go!" as they direct them across the street.

In another video, an officer off camera inside the club checks for the pulse of a patron only to announce the victim is dead. Later, an officer realizes that the massacre is an act of terrorism.

"It's terrorism in Orlando," the Orlando Police officer said of the gunman. "He pledged something to the Islamic State."

Orange County Sheriff's Department SWAT members arrive to a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016.
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Forty-nine patrons were killed during last June's massacre and dozens more were injured in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Gunman Omar Mateen was killed in a shootout with officers after a three-hour standoff. He had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group during phone calls with police negotiators.

A young woman from Philadelphia who survived the shooting in Orlando talked about her ordeal during Action News at 4 p.m. on June 14, 2016.

Some bodycam footage shows Pulse patrons being checked for weapons by officers after escaping the club with their hands up. Other footage shows an officer leading a patron out of a bathroom and down a hallway.

"Follow the sound of my voice. Come this way," the officer said.

One club patron was found crouched hiding in a shed and was hesitant to come out of it. "We're police, man. Come on. Get out!" an officer said.

Among the victims killed was Philadelphia teenager Akyra Murray, a basketball standout who had just graduated from West Catholic Prep.

West Catholic Prep mourns Akyra Murray, youngest victim of Orlando shooting. Watch the report during Action News at 11 p.m. on June 15, 2016.


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