Manchester, Conn. (WTNH) - The audio tapes have been released of gunman Omar Thornton, theman who shot and killed eight people then himself at a Manchesterbeer distributor.
Below is the transcription of the four minute conversation aState Police Dispatcher had with Thornton prior to him killinghimself.
Dispatcher: State Police
Omar Thornton: IS THIS 911?
Disptacher: Yeah, can I help you?
Omar Thornton: THIS IS OMAR THORNTON, THE SHOOTEROVER HERE IN MANCHESTER.
Dispatcher: Yes where are you sir?
Omar Thornton: I AM IN THE BUILDING. UH...YOUPROBABLY WANT TO KNOW THE REASON I SHOT THIS PLACE UP. THIS PLACEHERE IS A RACIST PLACE.
Dispatcher: Yep. I understand that.
Omar Thornton: THEY TREAT ME BAD OVER HERE AND ALLTHE OTHER BLACK PEOPLE EMPLOYEES BAD OVER HERE. SO I TOOK IT INTOMY OWN HANDS AND HANDLED THE PROBLEM. I WISH I COULD'VE GOTTEN MOREOF THE PEOPLE.
Dispatcher: Yeah, Are you armed sir? Do you have aweapon with you?
Omar Thornton: OH YEAH, I'M ARMED.
Dispatcher: How many guns do you have withyou?
Omar Thornton: I GOT ONE NOW, AND I LEFT ONE OUTIN THE FACTORY THERE.
Dispatcher: Ok Sir.
Omar Thornton: I AM NOT GOING TO KILL ANYONE ELSE,THOUGH.
Dispatcher: We are going to get you to surrenderyourself somehow here and not make the situation any worse.
Omar Thornton: THESE COPS ARE GOING TO KILLME!
Dispatcher: No they are not. We are just gonnahave to get you to relax.
Omar Thornton: I AM RELAXED, CALMED DOWN.
Dispatcher: Have ya turn yourself over.
Omar Thornton: WE JUST TALKING, YOU'RE GONNA PLAYSOMETHING ON THE NEWS, I AM GONNA BE POPULAR, MAKE SURE YOU DO THERIGHT THING...SWAT JUST DROVE IN ARMY GEAR...THEY DON'T KNOW WHEREI'M AT BUT YOU CAN TRACE IT FROM THIS PHONE CALL. YEAH THESE PEOPLEHERE ARE CRAZY, THEY TREAT ME BAD FROM THE START HERE. RACISTCOMPANY. TREAT ME BAD.
Omar Thornton: I AM THE ONLY BLACK DRIVER GUY THEYGOT HERE. TREAT ME BAD. TREAT ME BAD ALL THE TIME.
Dispatcher: It's a horrible situation, Iunderstand that.
Omar Thornton: YOU DON'T HAVE TO CALM ME DOWN I AMALREADY CALMED DOWN, I AM NOT GOING TO KILL ANYONE ELSE. I JUSTWANTED TO TELL MY STORY SO YOU CAN PLAY IT BACK ANYWAY.
Dispatcher: You are going to help me get out ofthe building.
Omar Thornton: ALRIGHT, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THAT. IALREADY HAVE THAT TAKEN CARE OF. I DON'T NEED ANYBODY TO TALK MEOUT OF THE BUILDING.
Dispatcher: Where in the building are you,Omar?
Omar Thornton: I AM NOT GOING TO TELL YOU THAT.WHEN THEY FIND ME, THAT'S WHEN EVERYTHING GOING TO BE OVER.
Dispatcher: Yeah, Where are you located? Are youup in the offices?
Omar Thornton: WHEN THEY FIND ME, EVERYTHING WILLBE ALRIGHT. ESPECIALLY MANCHESTER IS A RACIST PLACE.
Dispatcher: Now what time did you get theretoday?
Omar Thornton: YEAH ABOUT 7 O'CLOCK.
Dispatcher: Yeah this morning?
Omar Thornton: ABOUT 7:00 A.M. THEY TOLD ME TO GETIN EARLY.
Dispatcher: What type of weapon do you have?
Omar Thornton: I HAVE A RUGER SR9, 15-SHOT.
Dispatcher: Ruger SR9? Automatic?
Omar Thornton: YEAH, AUTOMATIC.
Dispatcher: Is it a rifle?
Omar Thornton: NAH. IT'S A PISTOL. I LIKE PISTOLSTOO...THEY ARE MY FAVORITE.
Dispatcher: Now uh, you're going make the troopersand the people come in and catch ya? You're not going to surrenderyourself?
Omar Thornton: WELL, I GUESS. I GUESS UH MAYBESURRENDER. NAH THEY COME AND GET ME, HAVE THEM COME AND GET ME.
Dispatcher: Yeah We wouldn't want to do like thatOmar. You know it's already been a bad enough scene here thismorning we want you to relax.
Omar Thornton: I AM RELAXED. I AM CALMED DOWN.
Dispatcher: Yeah, we don't want any more you knowpeople to lose their life here.
Omar Thornton: I'M NOT GOING TO KILL NOBODYELSE.
Omar Thornton: I'M NOT COMING OUT. I'M NOT COMINGOUT THEY GONNA HAVE TO FIND ME. YOU GONNA SEND SOME DOGS ORWHATEVER, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA DO ANYWAY.
Dispatcher: How much ammunition you have withyou?
Omar Thornton: I GOT UH...I SHOT UH OH.
Dispatcher: What was that?
Omar Thornton: IT'S ALRIGHT. I GUESS IT'S GOTME...I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS. TELL MY PEOPLES I LOVE THEMAND I GOTTA GO NOW.
Omar Thornton: YEAH?
Dispatcher: Omar I really want you to help me stopthis situation okay?
Omar Thornton: OKAY.
Dispatcher: If you work with me we'll get this tostop, Okay? Omar? Omar? Omar? Ok. He's still alive.
CALL HANGS UP.
State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Paul Vance calls thedispatcher, Trooper William Taylor, a hero for keeping the suspecton the phone for such a long period of time. State Police say theyconfronted Thornton while he was still alive following theconversation, but then he killed himeslf right in front of StateTroopers.
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