ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Angel Colon was wheeled into a conference room at Orlando Regional Medical Center and faced more than a hundred cameras. For the first time, a shooting victim who survived the Orlando Massacre publicly shared their story.
“We were just having a great time, we’re all there having a drink,” Colon said.
Colon said he was just about to leave the club when the sound of music turned to gunfire.
“And then [the music] just keeps going. [The gunshots] happened and then we just grabbed each other and started running,” he said.
As he started running, the gunman shot him 3 times, striking him in the legs. He fell to the ground.
“By this time I couldn’t walk at all,” Colon said. “All I could do is just lay down while everyone was just running on top of me trying to get to where they had to be.”
Colon said he tried to play dead as he listened to the gunman in other rooms spraying bullets, striking anyone in his path. But then he heard the gunman come back his way.
“I hear him come back, and he’s shooting everyone that’s already dead on the floor making sure they’re dead,” Colon said.
Colon said the gun shots kept getting closer and closer.
“I look over and he shoots the girl next to me, and I am there just laying down and I am thinking I’m next, I’m dead,” Colon said. “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 it hits the side of my hip.”
Much later, a police officer was able to reach Colon.
“I’m like, please carry me because I’m in pain right now, I couldn’t walk or anything,” he said. “I’m grateful for [the police officer] but the floor is just covered in glass, so he is dragging me out while I am just getting cut on my behind, by back my leg.”
Police took Colon across the street where he said bodies were laying everywhere. Now, after making it out alive, he said he credits the hospital for keeping him alive.
“The way you guys have taken care of us at this hospital is amazing,” he said.
A doctor says six people wounded in the Orlando nightclub shooting are “critically ill” at the hospital and another five patients are in “guarded” condition.
According to Dr. Michael Cheatham of Orlando Regional Medical Center 16 others are in stable condition.
A caregiver tells her story
Meagan Noblet is a Resident Nurse at Orlando Regional Medical Center. The second patient she worked on Sunday Night was Angel Colon, a man she says she will never forget.
When Colon arrived, the first person who came to his aid was Noblet.
“I just remember going to work right away,” Noblet said. “Just assessing all the injuries and we had the doctors there who saw him right away.”
Just moments before Noblet had been at home asleep. When she was notified about the incident she answered the call.
“I got the call at 3 o’clock in the morning and they told me there was a mass shooting, so I came right in to work,” she said.
Patient after patient continued to pour in.
“We would get one stable and then work them up and then we would go to the next person, and then we would come back and make sure that [the first] person was ok,” she said, describing the night’s work.
The news conference was one of the first times she had to reflect. She said she valued the chance to reconnect with a man she had met in such a difficult time.
“I’m glad that he’s doing great, he was very brave the whole time he was there,” she said.
In all, Orlando Regional Medical Center received 44 patients over about a 3 hour time span. 9 patients died at the hospital.
Currently 27 patients remain in the hospital, including 6 still in critical condition.
One Doctor said he would not be surprised to see the death toll rise even higher. It currently stands at 49.
Tonight on 8 News at 11 p.m., Parker Slaybaugh will speak with doctors and surgeons about how they are coping with this tragedy, and the help that is available to them.
Also, look out for Juan Conde’s report in which he speaks with two survivors.
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