‘I’m the shooter. It’s me’: Gunman called local TV station during attack, station says, by Michael E. Miller.
As the deadliest mass shooting in American history unfolded in Orlando early Sunday morning, Matthew Gentili was staffing the phones less than two miles away … [speaking] to one frightened Floridian after another. …
When the phone rang once more at around 2:45 a.m., Gentili answered as he had all night: “News 13, this is Matt.”
But this call was different. This call was chilling.
“Do you know about the shooting?” a man asked Gentili.
“Yes, I’m getting calls,” Gentili said. “I am hearing reports of a shooting. …”
The man cut him off.
“I’m the shooter. It’s me,” the man said. “I am the shooter.”
The caller then said he had carried out the Pulse attack for the Islamic State and began speaking quickly in Arabic.
“At the time, I didn’t know what he was saying,” Gentili told News 13 reporter Scott Fais. “He was speaking so fast. But it was … he was speaking fluently. Whatever language he was speaking, he knew it. And he was speaking it very quickly. And that is when I said to him, ‘Sir. Please. Speak in English, please.’”
“I did it for ISIS,” the caller said, according to Gentili, “I did it for the Islamic State.”
When the TV producer asked the caller’s location, the man said it was “none of my [expletive] business,” Gentili said.
“It was silent for a while,” Gentili said. “I asked him: ‘Is there anything else you want to say?’”
The man said no and hung up.