Friend of bartender injured in Orlando nightclub massacre speaks out

ORLANDO, Fla. (WRIC) — What started as a normal night quickly turned into a scene out of a horror film for patrons inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the site of Sunday’s deadly shooting rampage that left 49 people dead and many others hospitalized.

Rodney was bartending inside Pulse when the gunman opened fire.
Rodney was bartending inside Pulse when the gunman opened fire.

One of the recovering victims, whose name is Rodney, was a bartender inside the nightclub when 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire with an assault rifle. Rodney was shot twice in the shoulder and once in the elbow.

“Rodney was shot three times,” Rodney’s best friend, Chris Enzo, told 8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh. “The customer Rodney was serving had her last drink and was killed in front of him.”

“The customer Rodney was serving had her last drink and was killed in front of him.” — Chris Enzo

Like most, Enzo says he and his friend both have many questions.

“Nobody can really figure out how he actually snuck the gun into the club,” Enzo told 8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh. “Nobody understands that.”

Enzo says his friend has undergone at least two surgeries but hopes to make a full recovery. But Enzo says his friend has a horrific and permanent take away from the worst shooting in U.S. history.

“The bullet, the shrapnel are still lodged in his body, like some type of sick souvenir for the largest shooting in American history.”

“The bullet, the shrapnel are still lodged in his body, like some type of sick souvenir for the largest shooting in American history,” Enzo said.

Now as people are left to pick up the pieces and authorities continue to investigate, Enzo has this message:

“We cannot be afraid to leave our homes,” he said. “The message is you cannot be afraid, you cannot give in to these terroristic threats.”

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