Orlando survivor hid under table, prayed ‘please don’t let me die like this’

ORLANDO, Fla. (WRIC) — A man who survived Sunday’s deadly shooting at a nightclub in Orlando spoke with 8News anchor Juan Conde about the terrifying experience.

Juan Antonette and his brother survived the nightclub shooting by hiding under a table on a nearby patio.

“It started again and I prayed to God, just … please don’t let me die like this. I just want to get out,” Antonette said.

Antonette said that he never saw the shooter but heard the gunshots from his hiding place.

“Last thing I seen, [the police] were bringing my friends out that were injured and that’s it,” he said.

Antonette said some of those friends died, and others are currently being hospitalized.

His brother said his shirt was covered with the blood of a stranger.

“I was laying down and I was like, don’t let me get up because if this guy knows I’m here, he’s gonna kill me,” Antonette said. “I blacked out. I don’t know how I got out.”

John came to in front of police overwhelmed by guilt and grief.

“I was thinking about my friends, screaming, running and there was a lot of things going through my head,” he said.

Antonette reflected on what happened that night, and on the shooter who perpetrated the act.

“We humans, you understand?” Antonette said. “And to know this guy came to this club on Latin Night, on gay night, to kill my friends and all the victims, to me that’s wild.”

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