Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Just moments before he was attacked, the barman watched the woman he was getting drinks for being shot and killed.
08:39, UK,Tuesday 14 June 2016

Chris Enzo
A barman injured at the Pulse nightclub during Sunday's massacre was shot with such power that he was thrown against a wall and ended on the ground.
The worker, called Rodney, was hit three times by gunman Omar Mateen - twice in the shoulder and once behind his elbow.
Just moments before, he had seen the woman he was getting drinks for being shot and killed in front of him.
His friend, Chris Enzo, relayed Rodney's account in an interview with Sky News.
Mr Enzo said his friend was in the "most fearful situation of his life".
Shawn Royster, Orlando Shooting Survivor
He was on the floor and heard constant gunfire that never seemed to stop.
"He was hearing bullets piercing people's flesh, hearing them break bones, hearing people screaming, seeing blood fly everywhere, and hears glass shattering."
Mr Enzo said Rodney had to choose whether to stay on the floor and wait for a break in the gunfire, or run.
"He decides he's going to run and because he runs he lives."
Other stories of survival have also emerged from those who escaped the nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and left 53 injured.
Among them was Janiel Gonzalez, who described how he had told himself: "This is not how I die."
The 26-year-old told the Palm Beach Post he had been signing his bar tab when Mateen walked into the club and started shooting.
Amanda Alvear
He had initially thought the sound was fireworks.
"But it got louder and louder," he said.
"It wasn’t until everybody started smelling the ammunition everybody realised this is real life."
Dozens of people dived to the floor and started climbing over each other looking for an exit.
"It was like a scene out of a movie. People were screaming: 'Help me, help me, I'm trapped'.
"People were getting trampled. There was no clear exit sign at the club, so we didn't know which door to take or where to go."
Many people were cut by smashed beer bottles as they crawled on the floor, bottles that had been tossed in the air by panicked patrons in the early moments of the shooting.
Mr Gonzalez said: "I remember telling myself: 'This is not how I die'."
"When I dropped to the floor and saw people crying and covered in blood. The scent of the ammunition and bullets, I was like: 'This is real life. This is happening right now'."
Mr Gonzalez never saw the gunman, who was in an adjacent room about 20ft away.
Jon Alamo had been dancing at the club for hours when he wandered into the club's main room just in time to see Mateen open fire.
He said: "You ever seen how Marine guys hold big weapons, shooting from left to right? That's how he was shooting at people.
"My first thought was, oh my God, I'm going to die.
"I was praying to God that I would live to see another day."
Eddie Justice texted his mother Mina, saying: "Mommy I love you. In club they shooting."
She had asked him where he was and he had told her, asking her to call police for help.
About 30 minutes later, hiding in a bathroom, he texted her: "He's coming. I'm gonna die."
"The next text said: 'He has us, and he's in here with us'," Ms Justice said.
"That was the last conversation."
Mr Justice has since been confirmed as one of those killed in the shooting.