"He's still shooting right now," one caller tells police after hearing 10 shots at Salon Meritage on Wednesday. "We need somebody here like right now."
Those chilling words were included in 11 minutes of 911 call recordings released Monday by the Seal Beach Police Department.
The calls came from seven people, including a woman locked in a back room of the salon, whispering to police as colleagues and customers were being killed.
Caller 7: I’m trying to be quiet ... because they can hear me. I think a lot of people might have been killed or hurt. ... Please hurry.
Dispatcher: OK, who has a gun?
Caller 7: I think it’s…
Dispatcher: I can’t hear you, ma’am, what?
Caller 7: One of the girls that works here, her husband.
Dispatcher: OK, the husband of one of your employees. Is he inside the business?
Caller 7: Yes.
After the shooting, another caller sobbed as she told dispatchers: "I just got down and put my hands over my neck like an air raid drill and was just hoping he wasn't gonna kill me."
Nine people were gunned down at the scene, allegedly by Huntington Beach resident Scott DeKraai, who authorities say sought revenge against his ex-wife, an employee of the hair salon.
"Why did he have to kill everybody?" a witness screamed in one call, with crying heard in the background.
"A gunman came in and killed a bunch of people," another caller said. "They're all lying down on the floor." At one point, the dispatcher told the caller to stop screaming: "I can't understand you."
Audio links to the 911 calls:
- "He's still shooting right now..."
- Caller hiding inside the salon's facial room with two other people
- "A gunman came in and killed a bunch of people"
- Caller from nearby business
- "We're in the bathroom in our salon [near Salon Meritage] hiding"
- "There's a white man in a white truck"
- "We're not leaving the bathroom until the police come and let us out"