by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: This is interesting. According to the new official story, the suspect was locked in the bathroom with “4 or 5” hostages who, according to the Orlando chief of police, exited through the hole in the back wall after 5am when they breached. He said there were no shots fired by the suspect while the hostage situation was going on for 3 hours.
However, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice is the young man who was texting his mother from the bathroom. He said the suspect was in there with them. He is now listed as one of the deceased.
The official story hasn’t changed much but where it has changed or at least become more specific, is worth noting.
The Orlando Police Chief gave us the most interesting new developments in the official story this morning when he told us that:
- the suspect did not fire on anyone during the 3 hour hostage standoff
- hostage standoff took place in a bathroom
- suspect had “4 to 5” hostages in bathroom with him
- other “hostages” (15?) were in “other bathroom”
- suspect made “ISIS” call while in bathroom
- recordings of that call not available
- no comment on surveillance videos in building
- 3 or 4 cops made entry into building after exchanging gunfire with suspect outside and chased him back in. Gun fire continued inside building until suspect ended up in bathroom.
- did not allow EMTs into building to aid 50 wounded/dead victims during standoff
- SWAT blew hole in interior wall after 3 hours of standoff. Did not gain entry. Used device outside to knock holes in exterior walls to “save dozens” trapped inside bathroom with suspect (“4 or 5” reported by him earlier as in there). Hostages escaped out those holes and when suspect tried to exit, a gun fight ensued and he was killed.
- the story about suspect “laughing and celebrating” while on the phone appears to be more Islamaphobic bullshit.
The police chief was asked directly about whether or not it was possible for some of the victims to have been killed when the police made the initial entry into the building at 2am and he answered by saying “SWAT took him out and the only thing behind him at the time was a concrete wall” deliberately avoiding talking about the initial entry into the building.
Here is a photo I found of the holes they blew in the exterior wall in the back of the building.
The spokesperson for the ATF said that there had been a “third gun” found in the suspect’s car.
The whole “pledged allegiance to ISIS” thing seems to come from an NBC story story which cites undisclosed police sources. At first it was supposed to have taken place just before the attack but now it is supposedly from a call to 911 during the standoff.
“Law enforcement sources told NBC News he swore allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a 911 call moments before the rampage at Pulse” NBC News
Now the story is being repeated as coming from folks like Peter Schiff and the Homeland Security Department. No recording of that call has been offered by law enforcement.
You might recall the BS “pledge of allegiance to ISIS” part of the San Bernadino story which was eventually dispelled by law enforcement but still remains a staple of the press’ discussions of the event to this day.
Chris Hansen, the witness to the shooting, is running giving more interviews this morning. He’s been the “face” of this event since day one and interestingly enough, when all the other folks who were in the club when this went down were loaded on buses and taken downtown for debriefing, Chris was allowed to remain behind, never interviewed by cops or the FBI apparently and allowed to continue giving interviews one right after the other.