"I wish I could have saved more, to be honest," said a brave ex-marine who had saved 70 people during Orlando nightclub shooting.
Many witnesses of Orlando shooting said that they mistook the gunfire for the part of the show. Luckily, Imran Yousuf, a 24-year-old Hindu who left the Marine Corps just two months prior to the shooting, was working as a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub on Saturday night on June 11. The brave young man recognized the gunfire right away.
“The initial one was three or four (shots),” he said. “That was a shock. Three of four shots go off and you could tell it was a high caliber. 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 was at the back of the club when the gunman Omar Mateen walked in and started shooting at people. About 70 people panicked and got trapped in the corridor where Yousuf was. They all were so shocked that could do nothing but wait for the deadly shooter to come to them. No one thought to try a locked door leading out the pack of the club onto the street
“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 and we got everyone that we can out of there,” the brave young man said. “As soon as people found that door was open they kept pouring out and after that, we just ran.”
Yousuf stayed after he saved all those people to help carry the wounded to ambulances. Thanks to his training in the Marine Corps, Imran Yousuf was prepared and used strategies from that to pull off this feat and save dozens of lives. Yet, American mainstream media has not covered this act of courage at all. The person of color interests no one.
It is sad that like every other person of color Mr. Yousuf never got the attention he deserved. I am sure, if Imran was white he would be praised and glorified. This country is so white and only Whites have the attention of public here.
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