A fun night out turned into an evening of horror for Orlando shooting survivor Angel Colon, who spoke out about his ordeal during a press conference Tuesday at the Orlando Regional Medical Center where he is being treated.
Colon was shot multiple times – in his hip, legs and back – at Pulse, the gay nightclub where a lone gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS opened fire early Sunday morning.
Preparing to leave the club, Colon said he was hugging a friend when shots first rang out. “We just grabbed each other, we started running and, unfortunately, I was shot about three times in my leg, so I had fallen down.”
“I tried to get back up, but everyone started running everywhere. I got trampled over and I shattered and broke my bones in my left leg,” Colon continued. “So by this time, I couldn’t walk at all.”
Trapped on the floor, Colon detailed other horrified club-goers running over him as they screamed and darted toward the exit.
“By this time, this man, he goes into the other room and I can just hear more shotguns going on,” Colon detailed. “I thought I was a little safe at this time, because it’s giving everyone time to tackle him down or get him down. But, unfortunately, I hear him come back and he’s shooting everyone that’s already dead on the floor, making sure they’re dead. I was able to peek over and I can just see him shooting at everyone.”
After watching the gunman, Omar Siddiqui Mateen, shoot the woman next to him on the floor, Colon said he thought, “I’m next, I’m dead.”
“So, I don’t know how, but by the glory of God, he shoots towards my head but it hits my hand. And then he shoots me again and he hits the side of my hip.”
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Ten minutes later, a police officer arrived to aide Colon. Unfortunately, the officer could only remove him from Pulse by dragging him across the glass-covered floor.
“I’m grateful for him but the floor is just covered in glass,” Colon details. “So he’s dragging me out while I’m just getting cut – on my behind, my back, my legs. And, I don’t feel pain, but I just feel all this blood on me from myself, from other people. He drops me off across the street and there’s just bodies everywhere. We’re all in pain.”
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Forty-nine people were killed in the tragic attack. Fifty-three others were hospitalized. Twenty-seven people remain at ORMC, with six still in critical condition, trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Cheatham said during the press conference. “I would not be surprised if we see the death toll rise,” he cautioned.
Colon profusely thanked his doctors, saying, “I will love you guys forever.”
Of the gunman, he charged: “This person had to be heartless, ruthless. I don’t know how you could do something like this … just seeing all these bodies everywhere, there’s no way, I don’t know how.”