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A police officer who was one of the first to arrive at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando has claimed he was made to wait while Omar Mateen wandered around the club gunning people down.
The FBI said this week that police first responders ‘engaged the shooter’ inside the club at 2.08am but Officer Brandon Cornwell said he had been told to wait for a SWAT team to arrive.
It is known that Mateen, who was heavily armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun and was feared to be carrying explosives, had an exchange of fire with a security guard when he first arrived at the LGBT club, which was holding its regular Latino night.
Five or six Orlando cops arrived on the scene within minutes, broke through a large glass window and entered the club as Mateen hunted down victims inside.
Officer Cornwell, 25, told the Washington Post he was one of those police first responders and has given an account of the terrifying moments as they waited for orders outside the darkened club.
He said: ‘There was tons of people running out of the club. I grabbed my assault rifle and ran toward the club. At this point, the shooter is still actively shooting inside.’
The officer said: ‘We were trying to locate exactly where the shooter was – we kept hearing people scream and shots fired.’
Cornwell said they eventually entered and went to the bathroom area, where Mateen had taken hostages and appeared to be preparing for a final stand.
‘He was actively shooting. I can’t say if he was targeting us. But he was still shooting in that location where he was at. There were bullet holes in the wall, so he had shot through the wall. But I couldn’t tell you if he was shooting at us,’ he said.
But Cornwell said they were told by their commanders not to enter the bathroom until the SWAT team arrived.