Orlando shooting survivors talk about Sunday attack

On Tuesday, three survivors talked about what they went through during Sunday’s Orlando attack.

Angel Santiago and Patience Carter left their hospital rooms Tuesday morning to talk about the night they'll never forget.

“And it was shock, went from having the time of our lives to the worse night of our lives in a matter of minutes,” said Carter.

At another gathering - Angel Colon- with some of the medical team that saved his life- said the attack at Orlando's pulse night club came with no warning.

"Out of nowhere he just hear a big shot, we stopped what we were doing and it keeps going,” said Colon.

Carter said she thought, at first, the noise was just a strange way to clear the club out at closing time. Santiago said club patrons immediately scattered.

"And I just remember thinking when is it going to stop,” said Santiago.

Angel Santiago was part of a group at the club that ran to a bathroom. He said about 15 people huddled together in a large stall for the handicapped when the gunman came in.

"And that's when bullets start going through the stall wall towards us," said Santiago.

Colon, who was trampled by the crowd in the main room, described how the gunman returned to kill the wounded.

"And I can hear the shot gun closer and I look over and he shoots the girl next to me, and I’m there laying down and thinking I’m next I’m dead … but by the glory of god, he shoots toward my head but hits my hand, and then he shoots me again and it hits the side of my hip."

Patience Carter said she had gotten out of the club but went back inside to search for a friend. That's how she ended up getting trapped in another bathroom with a group of people.

"The gunman entered the bathroom and was shooting his machine gun. so we are all scrambling around in the bathroom, screaming at the top of our lungs when he was in there the first time ... people  were getting hit by bullets, and blood is everywhere," Carter.

The gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, according to carter was a few feet away from when he called 911. She heard him pledge allegiance to ISIS, terror group, and say his attack was a response to us military actions in Afghanistan.

"So the motive is very clear to us who were laying in our own blood and other people's blood, who were injured, who were shot, that we knew what his motive was and  he wasn't going to stop killing people until he was killed, until he felt his message got out there,” said Carter.

All three say they had to crawl over bodies and through blood in order to reach swat team members who pulled them out of the club.

"I don’t feel pain but I just feel all this blood on me from myself, from other people, and he just drops me off and look over and there is bodies everywhere, we are all in pain,” said Colon.

Santiago said he flashed the light from his cell phone to get the attention of the officers who were working their way into the club.

"I’m just grateful to be alive, after seeing what occurred, I don’t even know how I’m alive today."

Carter, who lost one of her friends, wrote a poem about what she is feeling now.

"The guilt of feeling grateful of being alive is heavy, wanting to smile about surveying but not sure if the people around you are ready, as the world mourns the victims killed, and viciously slain, I feel guilty about screaming about my legs and pain, because I can feel nothing, like the other 49, who weren't so lucky, to feel this pain of mine … the guilt of being alive is heavy."

Carter said she wrote the poem Monday night. She is from Philadelphia and was in Florida for the first time on vacation with friends. They went to the pulse night club, she said, only because a web search indicated it was one of the town's hot spots.

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