ORLANDO, FL(AP) — Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Rutkowski grabbed the hand of a man who had been trapped in the Pulse nightclub and led him away as another deputy shouted to other patrons, “Let’s go! Let’s go!”
Another deputy asks, “Got anymore?” Rutkowski says, “There’s a line of them coming out.”
The video from Rutkowski’s body camera on the night of the shooting was released Thursday, showing some of the police response to the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at the gay nightclub on June 12 in a rampage that left 49 patrons dead and 53 wounded. Mateen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group during a call with police dispatchers during a three-hour standoff, died in a hail of gunfire after police stormed the venue.
Parts of the video from Rutkowski’s body camera are redacted with a blacked out screen.
At one point, the video shows Rutkowski, gun in one hand, returning to the entrance of Pulse. A deputy asks, “Do we have anymore?”
Rutkowski says, “None that are moving at all.”
Moments later, another officer is heard shouting, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” to patrons who had managed to flee to the club’s entrance.
Rutkowski grabs the hand of one man in a flowered shirt who is crying. The deputy checks to make sure he’s got no weapons before leading him by hand away from the club.
Over Rutkowski’s radio, there’s discussion about patrons trapped upstairs.
The video then shows Rutkowski returning to the club’s entrance to help another man in a black shirt. The man tells him: “Please help my friends. They’re up there and they’re very injured.”
Rutkowski tells him that deputies and officers are responding inside.