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Fast actions by ex-US Marine saved scores of lives during Orlando nightclub shooting

Imran Yousuf

Imran Yousuf

What Imran Yousuf did, had prevented a 3 digit fatalities shooting in Orlando! Imran risks his life to open the door latch to let many escaped the brutal shooting, an act nobody dares but he took a chance and save not only his life but also saved at least 60 to 70 people. He live to tell his experience but regretted that he could not have saved more. A US Marine to the rescue. A heart warming story in this very sad event in Orlando.

When Imran Yousuf, a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub, heard the gunfire break out early Sunday morning, he told CBS News that recognized it immediately.

“You could just tell it was a high caliber,” said Yousuf, a former sergeant who just left the Marine Corps last month. That’s when his Marine Corps training kicked in, he said. He ran toward a locked door that people had huddled around, too terrified to move.

“I’m screaming ‘Open the door! Open the door!’” Yousuf told CBS. “And no one is moving because they are scared.

“There was only one choice — either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we can out of there.”

 

“There are a lot of people naming me a hero and as a former Marine and Afghan veteran I honestly believe I reacted by instinct,” he wrote on Monday.  “I have lost a few of my friends that night which I am just finding out about right now and while it might seem that my actions are heroic I decided that the others around me needed to be saved as well and so I just reacted.”

While he appreciates the support he has received, Yousuf stressed that people should focus on the victims’ families, not him, he wrote.

“We need to show our love and profound efforts to the families and friends who have lost someone and help them cope with what happened and turn our efforts to those who truly need it,” he wrote. “Once again I sincerely thank everyone and bless all those who are recovering and trying to make sense of it all.”

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