'Hi, Is This 911? This is Omar Thornton. The Shooter'

Killer's only regret is that he didn't hit more people
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2010 4:53 PM CDT
This June 2010 cell phone photo provided by Kristi Hannah shows her boyfriend Omar Thornton in Niantic, Conn.   (AP Photo/Kristi Hannah)

(Newser) – The gunman who killed eight people at a Connecticut beer distributor calmly called 911 afterward and spoke for 4 minutes before hanging up to kill himself. His only regret was that he didn't shoot more people. As with a previously reported call made to his mother, Omar Thornton told the dispatcher that he "took things into his own hands" because it is a "racist place." But he began with the chillingly ordinary, reports the Hartford Courant: "Hi is this 911? This is Omar Thornton. The shooter over in Manchester."

Among his comments:

  • "Probably want to know the reason why I shot this place up. Basically this is a racist place. They treat me bad over here. They treat all other black people bad over here too, so I just took things into my own hands and handled the problem. I wish I could have gotten more of the people."
  • "I'm not going to kill nobody else here. I just want to tell my story so that you can play it back."
  • "Tell my people that I love them and I gotta go now."

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