2012

‘Did you see what he was wearing?’ asked the voice of the 911 operator. ‘A dark hoodie, like a gray hoodie,’ George Zimmerman told the 911 operator, moments before he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom he described as ‘real suspicious.’

Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed race Hispanic man, was the neighborhood watch coordinator for his gated community where Martin was visiting his relatives at the time of the shooting. Zimmerman shot Martin, who was unarmed, during a physical altercation between the two.

 

Zimmerman, injured during the encounter, claimed self-defense in the confrontation. In a widely reported trial, Zimmerman was charged with murder for Martin's death, but acquitted at trial on the grounds of self-defense and Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law. The incident was reviewed by the Department of Justice for potential civil rights violations, but no additional charges were filed, citing insufficient evidence.

THE STALKING

Police   : Central Police Department. Why, is there a report? This is Shawn.

Zimmerman: Hey, we have some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there's a real suspicious guy. He's at Retreat View Circle. Mmm, the best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle. This guy looks like he is no good, or drugs or something. It's raining, and he's walking around, looking about.

Police   : Okay, this guy is he white, black or hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

Police   : Did you see what he's wearing?

Zimmerman: Yeah, dark hoodie like a grey hoodie and with jeans or sweat pants and white kind of shoes. He's here now, he's just staring...

Police   : Oh, he's just walking around there...

Zimmerman: ...looking at all the house. Now, he's staring at me.

Police   : Okay, this is 1111 {unintelligible}, or 111?

Zimmerman: It the... that's the Clubhouse.

Police   : That's the Clubhouse. Do you know... he's near the Clubhouse right now?

Zimmerman: Yeah, now he's coming towards me.

Police   : Okay.

[some noise]

Zimmerman: His hand's in his waistband. And he's a black male.

Police   : How old would you say he looked?

Zimmerman: Late teens?

Police   : Late teens, okay.

[some noise]

Zimmerman: Something's wrong with him. He's coming to check me out. He got something in his hands. I don't know what's the deal is?

Police   : Just let me know if he does something, okay?

Zimmerman: Can you get an officer patrol here?

Police   : Yeah, we got them on the way? Just let me know if he got anything.

Zimmerman: Okay...

Zimmerman: Ahh, these assholes, they always get away.

[some noise]

Zimmerman: When you come to the Clubhouse, you come straight in, and make a left. Actually, you go past the Clubhouse.

Police   : Okay, it's on the left hand side of the Clubhouse?

Zimmerman: No... you go in straight through the entrance, and then you make a left. You go straight in, don't turn and make a left. He's running.

Police   : He's running? Which way is he running.

Zimmerman: Down towards the entrance to the neighborhood.

Police   : Okay... which entrance is that that he's heading towards?

Zimmerman: The back entrance.

Zimmerman: It's fucking cold. 

Police   : Are you following him? 

Zimmerman: Yeah.

Police   : Okay, we don't need you to do that.

Zimmerman: Okay. {he said "okay"}

Police   : Alright, sir, what's your name. 

Zimmerman: George... He ran.

Police   : Alright George, what's your last name?

[some noise]

Zimmerman: Zimmerman.

Police   : And George, what's the cell you're calling from?

Zimmerman: 4074352400.

Police   : Alright, we have help on the way. Do you want to meet with the officers when they get out there?

Zimmerman: Yeah.

Police   : Okay, where will you going to meet at?

Zimmerman: If they come in through the gate, tell them to pass straight past the Clubhouse... straight past the Clubhouse, and make a left, and then they past the mail boxes, you'll see my truck.

Police   : Okay, what is this place you're parking in front of?

Zimmerman: I don't know. It's a cut through, so I don't know the address.

Police   : Do you live in that area?

Zimmerman: Yeah.

Police   : What's your apartment number?

Zimmerman: It's a home, it's 1950. Oh crap, I don't want to get the hell out. I don't know where this kid is. 

Police   : Okay, do you want to speak with them right near the mailboxes.

Zimmerman: Yeah, fine.

Police   : Alright George, I'll let you know immediately when they're out there.

Zimmerman: Could you have them call me, and I tell them where I'm at?

Police   : Okay, yeah that's no problem.

Zimmerman: My number, you got it...

Police   : Yeah, we got it. 4074352400?

Zimmerman: Yeah, you get down here.

Police   : Okay. I'll let them know to call you when they're in the area.

Zimmerman: Thanks.

Police   : You're welcome.

REPORT OF A SHOOTING "...there's a black guy down that looks like he's been shot and he's dead..."

dispatch:               911 - Do need police, fire or medical?

caller:                      I believe I just heard a shot right behind my house.

dispatch:               Where at?

caller:                      They're wrestling right in the back of my porch.

dispatch:               You just heard one shot go off?

caller:                      Yeah. It was either that or a rock thrown at a window or something. I don't know. The guy's yelling help and I'm not going outside.

dispatch:               _____________________________

caller:                      _____________________________________________ Sanford, Florida.

dispatch:               Is that one or two words - cause I'm not _____________________

caller:                      __________________________

dispatch:               Okay. And you can hear somebody yelling for help?

caller:                      Um, I'm pretty sure the guy's dead out here. Holy Shit.

dispatch:               Okay. We have several people calling in also. Anything else that you heard?

caller:                      Uh, no. A guy yelling help. Oh my God. Uh, no, there's a guy with a flashlight in the backyard now.

dispatch:               Okay.

caller:                      Uh, I think - there's flashlights and there's a guy. I don't know if that's a cop. Oh my Gosh.

dispatch:               Okay. I have several calls in. You just heard some sho- what did you hear when you heard voices? was it just one person.

caller:                      There's two - there's two guys - there's one - there's two guys in the back yard with flashlights.

dispatch:               Okay.

caller:                      Um, and there's a black guy down that looks like he's been shot and he's dead.

dispatch:               Okay.

caller:                      He's laying - and there's multiple people calling right now. I'm thinking.

dispatch:               Okay. I have several officers going out there. Okay.?

caller:                      Okay. Thank you.

dispatch:               Bye. Bye.

 

REPORT OF A SHOOTING "...I don't hear him yelling anymore."

dispatch:               Do you need police, fire, or medical?

Caller:                      Um, maybe both. I'm not sure. There's just someone screaming outside.

dispatch:               Okay. What's the address that their near.

Caller:                      _____________________

dispatch:               Okay. And is it a male or female?

Caller:                      It sounds like a male.

dispatch:               And you don't know why?

Caller:                      I don't know why? I think are yelling 'help', but I don't know.

background:        (screaming in background)

dispatch:               Does he look hurt?

Caller:                      I can't see them. I don't want to go out there. I don't know what's going on. So,

Caller 2:                  (third person, male, inaudible)

Caller:                      They're sending.

background:        (scream)

dispatch:               Do you think he's yelling 'help'?

Caller:                      Yes.

dispatch:               All right. What is your,

background:        (sound of gunshot)

Caller:                      - I just heard gunshots.

dispatch:               You just heard gunshots?

Caller:                      Yes.

dispatch:               How many?

Caller:                      Just one. Jeremy, get down

Caller 2:                  I know. shhs.

Caller:                      No, come here.

dispatch:               Is he no longer yelling?

Caller:                      I don't know. Jeremy get in here now. Jeremy, get up here

dispatch:               Alright. Is he right outside?

Caller:                      Yeah, pretty much. I'll be back. Yeah.

dispatch:               Is he in front of it or behind that address?

Caller:                      He's behind my house.

dispatch:               Okay.

Caller:                      Just stay away from the windows.

dispatch:               I don't hear him yelling anymore. Do you hear anything?

Caller:                      No, I don't because I'm hiding upstairs. There was a, there was a gunshot right outside our house. You've obviously sent someone over anyway?

dispatch:               Yes. It's in dispatch. What's your name and phone number?

Caller:                      My name is____________________. And my phone number is _________________.

dispatch:               How do you spell your last name?

Caller:                      _______________

dispatch:               Okay. Did you hear any vehicles leaving or anyone else? Do you hear anything now?

Caller:                      There are people yelling out there, but I don't want to go down there, so...

dispatch:               Okay. Multiple people are yelling now?

Caller:                      Yeah.

dispatch:               Okay. All right. Well we do have officers on the way. Just call us back if you do hear or see anything suspicious like any vehicles leaving or anything like that. Okay?

Caller:                   Okay. All right.

dispatch:               Thank you.

Caller:                      Bye.

REPORT OF A SHOOTING "...I just heard a gunshot...hurry up they're right outside my house..."

dispatch:               What is your emergency? For police? Fire, medical?

caller:                      Police, please.

dispatch:               For what address or location?

caller:                      Um, I'm at _________________. There's someone's screaming outside.

dispatch:               Is that where you are at?

caller:                      No time - there was a gunshot. Hurry up.

dispatch:               Okay. ____________.

caller:                      Yeah. Sanford, Florida 32___1.

dispatch:               Okay. Do you see anybody? I don't need you to go outside.

caller:                      There's someone shooting! I just heard a gunshot!

dispatch:               Okay. Do you see anything? I don't need you to go outside, but do you see anything? Do you hear squealing of tires or anything?

caller:                      No. Like, hurry up their right beside my house.

dispatch:               Okay. Okay. We have police coming emergency.

caller:                      Okay.

dispatch:               Are you, are you in Sanford?

caller:                      Yes.

dispatch:               Okay. And what is your name?

caller:                      __________

dispatch:               What is your last name?

caller:                      ___________

dispatch:               Spell it for me?

caller:                      ___________

dispatch:               And how old are you?

caller:                      I'm 30.

dispatch:               Okay. And do you see the officer?

caller:                      Yeah, but like it's behind the houses. It's like by the - it's not the front entrance it's like, Oh my God!

dispatch:               Near what? Tell me. So I can tell them.

caller:                      I'm like if you're looking at my house, it's behind. It's like by my back porch.

dispatch:               Okay. Coming from behind your house?

caller:                      Yes, like the back porch.

dispatch:               (sound of typing) just update me. Did you see anything at all or you just heard screaming.

caller:                      I just heard screaming and then the gunshots.

dispatch:               We have an officer there. Did you hear anymore gunshots since?

caller:                      No, But I don't hear anymore from here.

dispatch:               Okay. So it's one gunshot you heard?

caller:                      Yeah. Okay. Okay.

dispatch:               Well we have to...

caller:                      Hurry up. Hurry up...

dispatch:               Okay. We have officers out there. Okay. If anything changes just give us a call back, but we do have several officers there and one officer is near. Okay?

caller:                      Okay. Did he see anything?

dispatch:               I'm not sure ma'am. Um, I just show that he's there and then two other officers are on their way. Okay. If anything changes or you hear anymore, give us a call back. But just as far as you know, it's coming from behind your house near your back porch area?

caller:                      Yes.

dispatch:               When you heard the screaming, did you hear screaming of a female or a male?

caller:                      A male.

dispatch:               (sound of typing) Okay. So when you heard screaming it was a male screaming?

caller:                      Yes.

dispatch:               Okay. Okay.

caller:                      And the guy, the guy on top wore a white t shirt.

dispatch:               What do you mean 'guy on top'? Did you see a fight?

caller:                      I don't know, I just, I looked out my window. And there was a guy on top with a white t-shirt.

dispatch:               (sound of typing) a white t shirt? Did you see what kind of pants?

caller:                      No.

dispatch:               Okay. He was on top of what?

caller:                      I couldn't see. The other thing, I couldn't see that the person he was on.

dispatch:               But he was on top of a person?

caller:                      Yes.

dispatch:               Okay - the guy with the white tee shirt? Did he get up and run?

caller:                      I didn't - I just - I immediately went to the phone and called you.

dispatch:               Okay. Was He white, black or Hispanic when you saw...

caller:                      Couldn't, couldn't, you couldn't tell - it was completely dark.

dispatch:               Okay. Okay. Well we have several units in route.

caller:                      Okay. Thank you.

dispatch:               Alright, bye.

caller:                      Bye.

 

REPORT OF A SHOOTING "...and someone's yelling two doors down from me - screaming, hollering, help, help, help..."

dispatch:               911 do you need police fire or medical,?

caller:                      um, this is 911, correct?

dispatch:               Correct. Do you need police, fire or medical?

caller:                      Oh, I'm sorry. Police or medical? I don't know, ma'am. I'm at ____________, and someone's yelling two doors down from me. Screaming, hollering, help, help, help. And there's an elderly man that lives down there. I don't know what happened. And then I, I thought I heard, like, a gunshot. I'm inside - so, I don't know. It would be probably emergency. Um, you know.

dispatch:               Okay. How many shots did you hear?

caller:                      One.

dispatch:               How long ago was this shot?

caller:                      Just like when I heard that I picked up the phone right now and I called you.

dispatch:               So, before 911?

caller:                      Yes ma'am, umhum.

dispatch:               Okay. And you said - is it coming from ______________?

caller:                      Oh No, I live ______________ and I'm back inside - by my back sliding glass door and there's somebody out in the back porch - I mean two doors down is an elderly man that lives here. Somebody walking around with a flashlight. I don't know who it is. Maybe the police were already here. I don't know because someone's out there was a flashlight, but I did hear something

dispatch:               Right. Yes. They actually should have units that are there. Hold on one second.

caller:                      Oh my God.

dispatch:               Are you near ___________________________.

caller:                      Excuse me.

dispatch:               Are you near _________________?

caller:                      Oh, that's the other street over. I'm on ___________.

dispatch:               Correct.

caller:                      Yes. And the screaming, was it a male or female that you heard?

dispatch:               It sounded to me like male. Okay. And what I know of this neighborhood, because I've been here 4 years. There's an elderly man that lives like one, two, three, four doo-, four doors down north of me and I'm inside.

caller:                      You think it's coming from your area and not

dispatch:               I really don't know because I'm not outside ma'am, but I know I'm sitting at my back sliding glass door. There's someone out there right now I don't see anything but like a flashlight shining around, but I did hear someone yelling help, help, help and something like that. Or Oh my gosh. Or something. And you know, like moaning and moaning and then I heard a 'boom' and I pick up the phone and I called.

caller:                      Okay, good. Did you see or hear anything else? Like a vehicle pulling away or anything?

dispatch:               No ma'am because I'm in the back. In the back, it's like there's just a walkway. There's no. I mean there could have been somebody in the front in a car, I don't know because I was in the back. Because I was in the back here I did not hear any kind of. vehicle, no.

caller:                      And what was your name?

dispatch:               My name is ____________________. Boy, it was scary. But..

caller:                      And your phone number, is it _________________?

dispatch:               Yes ma'am. There's still somebody back there with a flashlight walking around. I can't see...

caller:                      It might be the officers. I'm showing there should be one on scene.

dispatch:               Okay. Yeah. Okay. That's because I, all I can see is like a light shine back and forth, back and forth so I don't see a person, you know, walking or anything. I just see a light so ...

caller:                      Yeah I have officers showing that they're there. So it should be the officers

dispatch:               Okay. All right. All. Alright. Thank you.

caller:                      No problem ma'am. Thank you.

dispatch:               Okay, bye. Bye.

 

REPORT OF A SHOOTING "... There's someone laying in the backyark and a gun just went off and they said call 911..."

dispatch:               911, do you want police, fire, or medical?

caller:                      um, medical.

dispatch:               Okay. What location are you at?

caller:                      I think someone's been shot. Um...

dispatch:               Where at?

caller:                      _______________. Oh my God.

dispatch:               Where?

caller:                      ____________

dispatch:               Okay. Why do you think someone's been shot?

caller:                      Because there's someone laying in the backyard and a gun just went off and they said call 911. Now there's people coming with a flashlight. Get inside, get inside, get inside.

dispatch:               Hold on one second. (sound of typing) and It's in the back, that back yard?

caller:                      In the backyard. Yeah.

dispatch:               There's someone laying in the backyard?

caller:                      Yeah. And there's people around him now - get inside Selma.

dispatch:               You know, if it's kids or.

caller:                      Um, no. My daughter, yes, it's across the street - it's a black guy. You know what, call - you should call Shirley and tell her to lock that door.

dispatch:               Okay. We've got units on the way out there. What do you mean? It's a black guy that got shot?

caller:                      I don't know. Selma, is it the black guy that got shot or if he the one - there's a black guy standing up over him.

dispatch:               There's a black male standing over him?

caller:                      And then there's, yeah, and then there's people coming out with, um - you know, I'm going to go upstairs and look out the window - i'll have a look outside.

dispatch:               Can you tell me what the guy's wearing?

caller:                      alright, hold on - call Shir__ - I think someone else already called 911.

dispatch:               Yeah, it looks like they did.

caller:                      Yeah, they're out there. OK -Thank you.

dispatch:               Okay. look - do you - do you see the officers out there with that guy?

caller:                      Yeah, I think that's the flashlights that we see.

dispatch:               All right, then.

caller:                      OK - Thank you.

 

REPORT OF A SHOOTING "...He just said he shot him dead. The person is dead, lying on the ground - oh my God...I don't know why I'm shaking..,I just can't stop..."

dispatch:               911 do you need police, fire, or medical?

New Speaker:      Yes. I'm at _________________, and I'm looking out at the deck of my townhome, and someone's screaming 'help' and I don't know. I heard like a bang.

dispatch:               Now you said you live in ____________.

New Speaker:      ____________Town homes ____________ Uh, yes, and I'm looking out my window, like my back yard and someone's yelling and screaming 'help' and I heard like a pop noise and they're both still out there right now. I don't know what's going on.

dispatch:               I'll tell you right now, you're not the only person that's calling. We already have one officer on scene, another on the way.

New Speaker:      Oh good - oh my God. I see the person right now. I see him, like walking. There's (inaudible) - there's people coming out with flashlights. Oh my God. I don't know what he did to this person.

dispatch:               Was it him or was it the other person making the noise?

New Speaker:      I can't see - there's a man walking out with a flash light right now.

dispatch:               Was it a male or a female voice that was screaming?

New Speaker:      Pardon? I guess a man. I don't know. The man is up right now. Someone's coming over. I'm glad other people called.

dispatch:               All right, we should be out there right now.

New Speaker:      I can open my window and hear if you want me to -

dispatch:               You can still hear it? You can still hear it?

New Speaker:      Looking out my window - somebody's over there taking the flashlights. I don't know what's happening. Someone's on the ground.

dispatch:               You see someone laying on the ground?

New Speaker:      I don't know if someone's been shot. I don't know what's going on.

dispatch:               Yeah, well just calm down. Stay on the line with me. Like I said, we have an officer on scene and we have the other officers on the way.

New Speaker:      My God, they better hurry up. I don't know if someone's just dead on the ground or something. Oh my God.

dispatch:               Are they laying down?

New Speaker:      I see through my back window and there's like a sidewalk and grass and stuff. - something's really bad i guess. There was a man out there with a flashlight with a man that was wrestling...

dispatch:               Is this person laying down in the street ?

New Speaker:      I don' know see, what you can see from my back window it's only like the sidewalk and the back area - there are people coming over,

dispatch:               OK, so is the person that you see laying down, laying down on the street or in the grass?

New Speaker:      No, on the grass. Oh my God. People are coming, I can see another gentleman with a flashlight. I don't know if they're police or not. Oh my God. He shot. He shot the person, he just said he shot the person

dispatch:               who's saying they shot who?

New Speaker:      - he's talking to the people out there - a guy is raising his hands up. He saying he shot a person. I think it's a police officer, that's with him right now - oh my God, why...

dispatch:               The police are there. He has somebody to help. They're going to handle the situation from here.

New Speaker:      Oh my God (crying) somebody's been shot...

dispatch:               It's probably going to be best if you stay inside your home for the time being. Okay?

New Speaker:      I know - I can see someone was killed...

dispatch:               Listen, we don't know if they've been killed. Okay. We know they probably

New Speaker:      He just said he shot him dead - the person is dead - lying on the ground - oh my God...

dispatch:               just because he's lying because he's laying on the ground doesn't mean he's passed. We have an ambulance on the way as well. We're going to probably pick them up and take him to the hospital.

New Speaker:      What is this? I didn't see because it was too dark and I just heard people screaming help me, help me and this person shot him. He was like wrestling with him, you know what I mean? on the ground - from what I could see - it was very dark.

dispatch:               All right.

New Speaker:      I think, I think it's a police officer that's with him, I mean the man didn't try to run away or anything, but...

dispatch:               OK, can I get your name please,

New Speaker:      ______, but I don't want to be a witness or anything.

dispatch:               That's okay, I'll leave you as anonymous.

New Speaker:      I'm just scared. I mean, I can't. I can't even believe that I - because this other person - Oh my God. I hope, the young boy is ok. I can't even imagine - I've never seen anyone killed. Oh...

dispatch:               Alright.

caller:                      This is like a nice neighborhood - this is like, you know. Oh my God. I don't want. I'm too scared to live here.

dispatch:               You don't have to worry right now. We have many officers on the way and I think about two officers on scene at least right now. So we are on scene. Okay.

New Speaker:      Oh my God. To see someone killed and laying in the grass. Oh my God. I want to know what happened. Why would it? Why would this man? he wasn't ...

dispatch:               Once the incident calms down a little bit. You can probably try to ask one of the officers what's going on, but in the meantime, it's probably...

New Speaker:      Oh my God, here comes another - I think another police officer. It's right outside my window. I mean, it's like who sees - You can see it right outside my window, oh my God, why would somebody kill someone like that?

dispatch:               Now, of course we're not going to know the details...

New Speaker:      Oh, I can't look. I mean the officers shining the light on the person and he killed someone. Oh my God. Oh my God.

dispatch:               Did you hear or see anything else suspicious before you heard...?

New Speaker:      No, I was just watching-I was watching my tv - and this is my back window and then, you know, I heard people talking out there and I was kinda like, oh gosh, were they, you know, it was pouring rain - why would they be outside? I guess they're walking their dog or something - and then I - and then I heard more talking voices and, I didn't open my window, and then I just, it looked like I thought, oh, it's those two men talking to each other or it looked like they were wrestling each other and then I - then I heard the man saying help help. I mean I would have helped if I could have (crying). He's walking - the police officer's bringing the person - the one that shot him...

dispatch:               Alright, stay inside your house for the time being and once you calm down a little bit you may -

New Speaker:      Oh God, I mean they're looking at the body - he's dead - Oh God, (crying) I'm sorry to get so emotional - I just can't believe it (crying)

dispatch:               You may want to just step away from the window for the time being.

New Speaker:      OK. OK. Oh my God, I don't know who to tell. I'm so (crying)

dispatch:               Do you have any - If you don't feel like being alone there, do you have any relatives that could come over?

New Speaker:      No, I don't have any family.

dispatch:               No friends, nothing like that, that you can go to?

New Speaker:      No, not really, no. I mean I'm a normal adult person - I used to be a teacher, so - Oh, oh God, I'm sorry, I don't normally get out of control. I don't know what to do.

dispatch:               That's alright. Like I said right now, the best thing to do, it's probably just stay inside and if it's going to make you emotional to look out the window, then you should probably just walk away for now.

New Speaker:      Yeah. I just can't believe. I mean I feel like - I wish I could have done something for the person for, for

dispatch:               from what I could, what I can say we possibly have the person that's responsible so you don't have to worry about that for now -

New Speaker:      Yes, I know, but I feel like I can't believe I'm even - I would even imagining anything like this -

dispatch:               ...remember hindsight is 20/20. The whole thing happened too quickly. I mean you weren't the only one that heard, like I said earlier, a lot of other people called about it in your neighborhood, but really...

New Speaker:      - the people that, like, are back there, I mean, their, their porches are right there,

dispatch:               You...

New Speaker:      I mean they were probably like three feet. They could have ran out and helped the person, you know.

dispatch:               Honestly, calling 911 was probably the best way to help this man - especially to get the ambulance rolling out there as fast as we could

New Speaker:      OK. So, people called even before I did?

dispatch:               Yes. We got a bunch of calls all at once, so trust me, a lot of people in your area called and the ambulance went out almost right away - along with us as well. And right now I can tell you the officers might be out there for awhile since they're investigating a serious crime.

New Speaker:      Should I stay in - I mean, I shouldn't go down there and say anything?

dispatch:               Well, for now you might want to just stay in your house, wait for things to calm down a little bit. It's possible they maight have an investigator go door to door to see if anyone else might have heard or seen anything else out of the ordinary -

New Speaker:      OK

dispatch:               So of course if you hear a knock at your door and it's an officer you probably should answer it and talk to them. It might make you feel a little better as well because they can tell you exactly what's going on and the details and whether or not you should be worried.

New Speaker:      OK - I hear a lot of cars and stuff coming right now.

dispatch:               Yeah, there's probably gonna be a lot of sirens, but trust me, the science, the science will be over soon and they'll probably going to take this guy out of the hospital if, if

New Speaker:      God, I just heard them say something - all the cars are outside my house right now - in the front and sorry, I'm just shaking.

dispatch:               That's ok

New Speaker:      I'd never, I guess, sorry, It just blows my mind. I guess I'm. Maybe I could think of someone to call - a friend or something - if their home...

dispatch:               If you have a friend or someone you can call and talk to that can, you know, that's a good idea, just make sure whatever you're doing when one of those officers comes up....

New Speaker:      But, (crying) sorry - I can't even believe. I just can't believe. I mean, I just - Sorry. Wow.

dispatch:               It's okay. This isn't something that you have to deal with every day. It's OK

caller:                      You - maybe somebody could call me. You know, like someone who - that (crying), I've never seen trauma like this - it's almost like a movie.

dispatch:               Now...

New Speaker:      (crying) Sorry. I'm just, I don't know why I'm shaking…I can't stop shaking -

dispatch:               It's normal after something like this, so don't...

New Speaker:      OK. OK. I've got to hang up - oh my God. I can't even hold onto the phone with - my hands are shaking.

dispatch:               Alright, listen, I think you have the right idea. Maybe call a friend, you know, talk to them awhile pass the time if you feel like you, if you feel like anything's wrong, like if you start feeling a little anxious or. I'm not sure if there are medications you take,

New Speaker:      OK, I don't know what to do.

dispatch:               I'm not sure if you have any preexisting medical conditions, but if you feel a little off, you know, feel free to call us back. We can always have an ambulance check you out, you know, the emt is can just come out there and make sure everything's all right.

New Speaker:      Thank you.

dispatch:               You're welcome.

New Speaker:      (crying) It feels like I'm shaking (gasping) Oh my gosh. OK, I'm a bit shaky. I'm sorry.

dispatch:               Like I said...

New Speaker:      I mean, if somebody wants to call me, that's OK I guess, I mean, I don't know, if it's just like something like trauma, I don't know. I could maybe talk to someone later.

dispatch:               We can probably possibly set that up initially. We do have someone that's called a victim's advocate that normally responds to the people who were involved in these kinds of incidents. But um, like,

New Speaker:      OK

dispatch:               I can see if we can make - get someone to respond out there for you. Um, do you mind holding on for just a second?

New Speaker:      Okay. But could you call me back. I don't know, who I could call. I'm just trying to think of a friend or someone.

dispatch:               I'm not going to put you on hold per se, but I've gotta - I've got to go away from the phone for just a second because

New Speaker:      OK

dispatch:               I have to get someone to -

New Speaker:      OK - I'm just really -

dispatch:               No, it's okay. Actually... I think it would be better if we were to have an officer meet with you and then you can speak with the officer about the incident and then um,

New Speaker:      OK (crying)

dispatch:               - we can also get the victim's advocate to speak to you as well if we, if we page them out there. So, um, I know you live on _______________ well, but what's your house number?

New Speaker:      Um, _____________________

dispatch:               (sounds of typing)

caller:                      Oh, God. I mean, I don't know. I don't know any of the circumstances - like if someone was getting hurt, but I just can't believe someone would shoot someone... Oh, God. (sighs)

dispatch:               (sounds of typing)

New Speaker:      Do you want my phone number? or do you already have it?

dispatch:               Oh, um, Go ahead and confirm your phone number.

New Speaker:      Oh, Okay. ________________

dispatch:               Well what is the - the ________________ I got the rest. I got your number and just go ahead, go ahead and call a friend. Try to calm down a little bit, but stay by your door

New Speaker:      OK

dispatch:               - because if someone comes up, um, you know, you, you don't answer it, they're probably going to think you're not home.

New Speaker:      OK

dispatch:               So, be sure you're by your door or at least you can hear someone, knock or ring the bell,

New Speaker:      Oh my God. OK

dispatch:               They'll announce themselves. You don't have to worry about that as a, as well.

New Speaker:      Alright, OK.

dispatch:               If you feel a little woozy and anything like that. It was a call back. We'll have the EMTs come check you out, but time will have an officer come out there and meet with you.

New Speaker:      Alright. Thank you.

dispatch:               You're welcome.

 

REPORT OF A SHOOTING "... I saw a man lying on the ground that needed help and was screaming - and then he stopped screaming..."

dispatch:               911, do you need police, fire, or medical.

caller 1:                  Um, my brother said someone got shot behind their house.

dispatch:               OK. What is the address out there?

caller 1:                  ________________________(address given)

dispatch:               Okay. Is your brother out there right now?

caller 1:                  No, he ran in the house.

dispatch:               OK. Do you know who was shot?

caller 1:                  I have no idea. I'm inside.

dispatch:               Okay. At the address where they're at? or the address where you're at?

caller 1:                  It's behind our house.

dispatch:               It's behind your house?

caller 1:                  Yeah.

dispatch:               OK. You didn't see anything else or hear anything else?

caller 1:                  No, I wasn't outside.

dispatch:               Did you hear the shot?

caller 1:                  I heard something and my brother ran in the house.

dispatch:               And your brother didn't see anything else?

caller 1:                  My brother saw it.

dispatch:               Is your brother there right now?

caller 1:                  He's next to me.

dispatch:               Okay. Can you give him the phone?

caller 2:                  Hello?

dispatch:               Hello Sir. What exactly did you see?

caller 2:                  I saw a man lying on the ground that needed help who was screaming and then I was going to go there to try to help him, but my dog got off the leash. So, I went and got, went and got my dog and then I heard a loud sound and then the screaming stopped.

dispatch:               Okay. Did you see the person get shot?

caller 2:                  No.

dispatch:               Okay. You know the person that was shot? Or did you see the person who had the gun?

caller 2:                  No, I just heard a loud gunshot sound and then the screaming stopped.

dispatch:               OK. We do have multiple officers in the area right now.

caller 1:                  Okay.

dispatch:               All right. Thanks a lot.

caller 1:                  Bye.

 

THE EVIDENCE

THE AUTOPSY