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Body camera video from inside Pulse nightclub released

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, obtained by WKMG, 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.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office was one of more than seven Central Florida agencies that aided Orlando police in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Inside Pulse, after the shooting

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.

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 loading victims 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 of the club. 

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. 

"Please help my friends, they're very injured," he said.

Deputies talked 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."


News 6 and multiple news outlets have been fighting over the release of all the videos and 911 calls connected with shooting.

On Thursday, Circuit Judge Margeret Schreiber ordered for transcripts of the remaining Pulse 911 calls to be released.

After hearing from six Pulse victims' family members in a hearing last week, Schreiber said she would listen to all the calls before deciding to release them or not. In the same hearing, Schreiber ordered Orlando to release all of the audio recordings with the shooter, Omar Mateen.

The News 6 team are reviewing the body camera footage and will update this story with new information.

Check back to ClickOrlando.com for more on this developing story.


About the Authors:

Emilee is a digital journalist for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com, where she writes about space and Central Florida news. Emilee hosts the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning podcast Space Curious. Previously, she was a space writer and web editor for the Orlando Sentinel and a web producer at the Naples Daily News.

Nadeen Yanes joined News 6 as a general assignment reporter in 2016. She grew up in Leesburg and graduated from the University of Florida. Nadeen has won three Associated Press Awards for her reporting on the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the trial of the Pulse gunman's wife and the capture of an accused cop killer, Markeith Loyd.