The victims who survived the horrific nightclub shooting are starting to tell their stories and we are learning so much. I can’t even begin to process what it must of been like to be held hostage with bodies dropping all around you not knowing if you were next. It’s unimaginable to find yourself in that situation being targeted by a terrorist.
A Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan is being hailed as a hero for helping dozens of people escape from inside Pulse Nightclub. His name is Imran Yousuf, a 24-year-old Hindu, who served as a U.S. Marine and now is a bouncer at Pulse Nightclub. He heard the gunfire break out early Sunday morning, and told CBS News that he recognized it immediately.
“You could just tell it was a high caliber,” said Yousuf, a former sergeant who just left the Marine Corps last month. That’s when his Marine Corps training kicked in, he said. He ran toward a locked door that people had huddled around, too terrified to move.
“The initial one was three or four (shots). That was a shock. Three of four shots go off and you could tell it was a high caliber,” he said. “Everyone froze. I’m here in the back and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway, and they just sardine pack everyone.”
Yousuf knew just beyond that pack of panicked people there was a door that would lead to safety. But someone had to unlatch it.
“And I’m screaming ‘Open the door! Open the door!’ And no one is moving because they are scared,” he explained. “There was only one choice. Either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch a we got everyone that we can out of there.”
Yusuf told CBS that a lot of people were able to get thorough.
“Probably over 60, 70. As soon as people found that door was open they kept pouring out and after that we just ran,” he explained.
“I wish I could have saved more to be honest,” he said through tears. “There are a lot of people that are dead …there are a lot of people that are dead.”
God Bless him for his quick actions that saved so many lives that day. Here is Imran Yousuf and what a hero looks like!!