The first 911 call came at 1:29 p.m.
And a frantic young man at a movie on a Monday afternoon has just seen something terrible happen.
"Sir, sir, there has been a gunshot at the Cobb Theater, movie theater, Cobb, in Wesley Chapel," the unidentified caller says. "There's a man, gunshot wound to the chest, pistol."
"How old is the person?" the dispatcher asks.
"I don't know … 34, 35, maybe 42," he later replies.
That man was actually 43 years old. His name was Chad Oulson, and investigators say he was shot and killed over texting during the previews of Lone Survivor.
The 911 calls released by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Friday provide more details about what happened that day, when 71-year-old Curtis Reeves – a retired Tampa police officer – is accused of fatally shooting him.
In the recordings, one of the callers tells dispatchers that he is a nurse and several people were desperately trying to save Oulson's life. He tells the dispatcher they were performing CPR on him.
"Come on, buddy, breathe. Breathe, buddy," you can hear him say.
Oulson died that day – in front of his wife Nicole. Earlier this week, Nicole spoke at her attorney's office in Tampa, saying her family is still trying to come to grips with what happened. Their daughter is just 22 months old.
The shooting happened in theater No. 10. And Reeves' attorney has said Reeves was in fear for his life after Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at him. That alleged portion of the dispute is never mentioned in the recordings released Friday, though there are more that have not been released.
Instead, the callers tell dispatchers they're working to keep Oulson alive. One of the men tells dispatchers he is a nurse, and that Oulson was sitting down, while an off-duty deputy was holding Reeves until Pasco deputies arrived.
"At this point, I'm just worried about making sure (Oulson) stays with us," he says.
"This guy's pulse is low. This guy's pulse is weak. We need an ambulance immediately," he later says.
"We have help on the way," the dispatcher says.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released the following statement about the timeline of the 911 calls:
On January 13, 2014 at 13:29:31, the Pasco County Public Safety
Communications Department1 received a 9-1-1 call from the Cobb Theatre in
Wesley Chapel, reporting a shooting. Within 13 seconds of the receipt of
this call, the call for service had been entered into the Computer Aided
Dispatch (CAD) system. Within 90 seconds of that entry (13:31), both Pasco
County Sheriff's Office and Pasco Fire Rescue units had been dispatched to the
scene. The first unit arrived on the scene at 13:33:52.
During the several minutes following the initial report, our call-takers
fielded fifty 9-1-1 calls, 30 of which originated in the area of the Cobb
Theatre. There were seven call-takers on duty and they were processing other
9-1-1 calls during this same time. Although the recording indicates 45
seconds for a Law Enforcement call-taker to answer the telephone call, the
Public Safety personnel were already dispatched so there was no delay in
response during the transfer.
To listen to the entire 911 recordings, click here (Warning: graphic) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzy5sr6d_h4&feature=youtu.be
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