Pulse Nightclub Shooting: SWAT Responds to Reported Second Shooter at Hospital

On June 12, 2016, what began as an active shooter incident when a lone gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and began shooting innocent club goers transitioned into a barricaded-suspect-with-hostages incident. The night was horrific, and by morning the Pulse tragedy had become the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001. Ultimately at least one out of every three people in Pulse was either wounded or killed, and one hundred two innocent people had been shot: 49 of them killed, 53 injured.

As the scene at Pulse unfolded law enforcement was faced with many monumental tasks. Among them was collecting, processing, and swiftly taking appropriate action in response to information.

At 3:25 am, as victims were actively being evaluated and resuscitated at Orlando Regional Medical Center, a report was issued indicating that gunfire had been heard in the emergency room lobby. The hospital’s “code silver” active shooter plan was implemented and heavily armed police officers and sheriff’s deputies rapidly arrived and began combing the hospital for possible threats. Staff closed doors and remained in place while continuing to provide patient care, as portable X-ray machines were used to barricade the trauma resuscitation room doors and prevent entry.

Initial reports stated that one of the victims that had been transferred to the hospital was in fact a second shooter at the club. This allegation was later determined to be false, but the report led to an incredibly tense scene at the hospital. But finally, approximately 45 minutes after it began, the code silver alert and lockdown were lifted.

This body-worn camera footage shows the manhunt for the non-existent second shooter, beginning just before the report of his existence came over the radio and ending with the “capture” of a terrifically unlucky Pulse victim and the stand-down of responding officers.

Of note, many physicians and nurses continued to move from room to room of the emergency department during the lockdown, caring for patients despite the risk of personal injury.

(Yes, Officer Davis’s positioning of his body-worn camera is clearly less than ideal. It is what it is.)

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Author: rafael.nieves


32 thoughts on “Pulse Nightclub Shooting: SWAT Responds to Reported Second Shooter at Hospital

  1. I'll never forget that day of the shooting
    Is that day that my parents and I were going to Universal studios and we woke up with this news
    And it was same day that the voice winner got kill not same day that pulse nightclub shooting it was her concert

  2. I would really like to know where the shots fired call came from. They Really waisted good time on this in the event of an active shooter. They ended up chasing the blood trail of a victim. Good response good communication good tactics. Bad call over the radio. Especially if you know how close this hospital is to the hood and downtown Orlando. IF YOU LISTEN THE ORIGINAL CALL SAID " SHOTS FIRED IN THE area OF ORMC" not AT ormc. Love our guys but dammit man. That really could have been a distraction from something else

  3. HOLY SHIT! at 7:00 they say "No one is a victim, everyone is a suspect." Let that sink in, in a HOSPITAL. Sure if they see a dude with a gun, hes a suspect. But EVERYONE? Wrong attitude. Despite how stressful the situation is you need to be way more clear headed then that.

  4. Where is the leader? Everyone was just making their own plan. I get its stressful and sudden but what the actual fuck. they stormed the hospitol, no staff confirmed gunshots and they all just started running around, chasing security guards, and aiming rifles. These people need to get some training so they will be better prepared for this kind of situation. Better yet, Hire former military as police before anyone else.

  5. What a mess. And that cop needs to fix his cam. All he was doing was pointing it down to his rifle / floor. Too many chiefs… to few indians. Everyone giving directions, no one doing anything.

  6. Police are still dealing with a mass shooting then are told of another one at a nearby hospital and you wonder why they are so on edge? Really? Are the people commenting THAT dense or do they really think they have any clue?

  7. Weird how the first officer talking to his fellow officer is saying the exact things you say to them AFTER a officer involved shooting occurs, yet they have yet to engage.

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