Manchester, Conn. (WTNH) - Chilling audio has been released of the gunman who went on akilling spree at a Manchester beer distributor.
Omar Thornton gunned down 8 men and injured two others beforeturning the gun on himself early Tuesday morning at HartfordDistributors. Two other victims were also shot. One is stillrecovering in the hospital.
"This is Omar Thornton, the shooter over in Manchester," he saysto the 9-1-1 operator.
He says repeatedly that the motive behind the shooting isbecause of racial harassment. "You probably want to know the reasonfor this. This place is a racist place, they treat me bad overhere," he said.
Click links to listen to more 911 calls
- Omar Thornton calls State Police
- Woman hiding in closet calls 911
- Woman hiding in closet calls 911 (part 2)
- Woman hiding calls 911, is rescued by police
- Gun shots heard in 911 call
Thornton sounds eerily calm as he talks to the 9-1-1 operator,saying, "I'm not going to kill nobody else," but also says, "I wishI could've got more of the people."
When the operator asks for his location in the building,Thornton responds, "I'm not going to tell you that. When they findme that's when everything will be over."
"Tell my people that I love them and I got to go now," Thorntonsaid before he ended the nearly four minute phone call.
- Read the full transcription of Thornton's 911 call.
State Police tell News 8 that troopers confronted Thornton whilehe was still alive following the 911 call. State Police say he thenkilled himself in front of troopers.
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