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Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Judge clears the way for the release of 911 calls from Orlando nightclub shooting


A judge has approved the release of the 911 calls made on the night of the Orlando nightclub shooting in June.

Monday Circuit Court Judge Margaret Schreiber dismissed a lawsuit from the city of Orlando, which tried to stop the release of the calls. 

The city argued that those 911 calls should be exempt from the public records law. 

Media groups sue for records 

Two dozen media groups reportedly sued the city for the 911 called in the days after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. 

The media groups filed their lawsuit 10 days after the shooting. Then, less than an hour later, the city filed a complaint asking for the calls to be exempt from the public records law.

Despite the judge's ruling, any calls that depict people at the nightclub being killed cannot be made public under Flordia law. 

Forty-nine people were killed and 53 other were injured when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside the club. 

Earlier this month, the last Pulse nightclub shooting survivor was discharged from the hospital. 

Orlando Health said on Twitter that surgeons at Orlando Regional Medical Center performed a total of 76 operations on the 35 shooting victims.

A total of 44 victims were taken to the hospital, but nine died shortly after arriving.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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