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Ex-US marine saved dozens during Orlando shootout

  • Published at 01:50 pm June 15th, 2016

Imran Yousef, a 24-year-old former Marine and bouncer at Pulse, led more than 60 terrified people to safety through an alternate exit, during Omar Mateen's assault on the patrons. Omar open fired on the crowd, using a AR15-assault rifle, on Sunday, reports the Daily News. “Everyone froze,” the Afghanistan war veteran told CBS News. “I’m here in the back and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway, and they just sardine packed everyone.” Imran was aware of a door in the hallway that led outside. “And I’m screaming ‘Open the door! Open the door!’ And no one is moving because they are scared,” he said. “There was only one choice. Either we all stay there and we all die, or I take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we could out of there.” Around 60 to 70 people were able to flee through the door the veteran opened. “As soon as people found that door was open they kept pouring out, and after that we just ran. I wish I could have saved more to be honest,” he said. “There are a lot of people that are dead.” Despite Imran's best efforts, 49 patrons of Pulse were killed, while 53 were injured.