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that someone. now let's hand it off to don lemon. this is our breaking news tonight, the worst terror attack in u.s. history. this is cnn breaking news. good evening, everyone. our breaking news tonight the worst terror attack in u.s. history since 9/11. this is cnn tonight and i'm don lemon in orlando. here's what we know. 50 dead and 53 injured at the pulse nightclub, a gay club here in orlando. the gunman identified as omar mateen of fort pierce, florida. he was shot and killed by police, a source says. the gunman called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to isis, mentioning of the boston bombers. the shooter was armed with an assault type weapon, a handgun and an unknown number of rounds. according to a neighbor mateen worked as a security guard at the port st. louucie courthouse. he's been investigated by the fbi for possible ties to islamic
extremism and no claims of responsibility on the jihadi forums and isis sympathizers are pragz the attack and president barack obama ordering the flags at half-staff. >> this know is an attack on any american, on race, religion, or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us. >> security being tightened all across the country. new york city on high alert. the empire state building dark. the spire of the world trade center lit up in rainbow colors and tonight's tony awards ceremony dedicated to the victims in orlando. let's get right to cnn's jessica schneider and this is a sickening attack and the worst in the country's history. take us through what happened at the nightclub. >> reporter: yeah, don, it was a saturday night and this was the most popular night of the week here. it was latin night.
so about 350 people were packed in pulse nightclub. we're about a block away from it and to give you a rundown of the time line, it was 2:00 in the morning when law enforcement says that that gunman went into the front door. he actually confronted an off-duty police officer who was working security that night and then once inside the club he started shooting and taking hostages. this attack happened in two different parts of the club, and it went on for quite some time, and we're actually getting a glimpse of some of it through text messages and hearing from people's calls for help to their family members, finally at 5:00 in the morning that's when the hundred officers or more who had been surrounding the club used an armored vehicle to bust through the wall and then get into that nightclub and to rescue the hostages and that is when, don, they finally were able to shoot and kill that gunman at 5:00 this morning. >> and jessica, one man who was trapped inside the nightclub was texting his mother and here's what he said.
mommy, i love you. in the club. they're shooting. are you okay? trapped in the bathroom. what club? pulse. downtown. call police. i'm going to die. calling now. you still in there? answer. answer your phone. call me. call me. call them, mommy, now. i'm still in the bathroom. he's coming. i'm going to die. we don't know what happened to that young man, jessica. he was obviously terrified. do we know how long those hostages were stuck inside? >> reporter: yeah, you know, don, it's those chilling words. when you see that on text messages and when you read them, i mean, to hear and see the horror that these people were facing and this wasn't brief. these were three, tense, horrifying hours. the gunman first came in at 2:00 in the morning and it wasn't until 5:00 in the morning, three hours later when police were finally able to take their bear cat, that armored vehicle and break down the wall, get in there and get the hostages out.
of course, 50 people at that point had died and they had to finally go in and shoot and kill that gunman, but we're hearing all sorts of tales of people and the extraordinary thing that they actually did to stay safe and to stay alive, don. >> unbelievable. jessica schneider, thank you very much for that. i want to turn to nick valencia outside orlando regional medical center. nick, so many were injured in this horrific attack. what's the status of the victims? >> reporter: it has been a sickening day of emotion here with news of 50 people shot and killed by this terrorist, and opened fire at 2:00 a.m. this morning and 53 people still hospitalized and you think of those number, don. 50 people dead and 53 injured and we've been talking to people who give meaning to the jaw-dropping numbers and people like andy moss who was in the nightclub when the shooting happened and he was there with his boyfriend. fortunately for him he was at the front entrance and was able to get out alive. he's still looking for his boyfriend, chris summers and
he's holding out hope and as these hours pass, it's been more than 15 hours since the shooting happened and some remaining hopeful and others taking that indication that they've not heard from their family or loved ones as an indication of the worst of the worst. we were outside of that hospital when three doctors walked across the street to what was effectively the staging area of the friends and family and they were waiting to hear about their loved ones and a few minutes later and right after they left we heard those heart wrenching screams, the tears, people finding out presumably that their loved ones were among those that were shot and killed. what's frustrating here for a lot of individuals, don, is that some may not find out what happened to their loved one until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow when asked why, the city officials are waiting so long, the people that we talked to are still holding out hope say that they have been given no reason, but are expected to wait hours longer until 10:00 a.m. eastern to find out officially anyway, what happened. don? >> and nick, you're talking about the doctors and the first responders and we understand that medical personnel scrambled
to respond. doctors, more doctors were called in and more surgeons were called into the hospital to treat so many people? >> reporter: well, certainly, they had the all call. people asked to come in from throughout the city to help on out, but you bring up a great point. we were at the blood donation center where at least 1500 people showed up to this one specific donation center and there was more than ten freckled throughout the community here, but there was not enough nurses there, staff, there were aren't enough nurses staffed to draw blood from the people, showing up to give blood. we were looking for o-negative, o-positive blood and the staff was overwhelmed by those who wanted to do good and those that wanted to help these victims and we can only imagine it was more of the same inside the hospitals that were being flooded with those victims from the nightclub shooting. don? >> i have another question for you. we understand there was a call for blood for supplies and a lot of people responded. are they able to take care of all of those people and get the
necessary amount of blood that they need? >> reporter: we've been there since -- we've been here, i should say since early this morning and we saw a line wrapped around the corner and some people saying that they'd been there since 9:00 this morning and at that time it was the middle of the afternoon and we had to leave to go to another location and they started to turn people away saying that they were overwhelmed and encouraging people still to come and give blood to do good and to do their part and what little they could here, but this xhuvenity certainly just ravaged by this worst mass shooting in modern day american history. don? nick valencia reporting and giving us an update on the situation as to how they handled all of those patients and patient conditions. thank you very much, nick. i want to turn to drew griffin. he has the latest information on that. omar mateen was an american, homegrown terrorist. what else can you tell us about him? >> first generation. his parents from afghanistan. he was born in new york. they obviously moved here when
he was -- we don't know the exact age, but certainly by his teenage years he was here in fort pierce, florida, and became a pretty big part of the community. he had a lot of friends in high school, junior college. he became a security guard and like you see in men of these situations, it seems there was a double life certainly later in his life. most of the time he spent employed as a security guard, armed security guard at several different ven is incluvenues in the local courthouse, and one of the members who ran into him, take a listen to him. >> your interaction with him at the courthouse. >> just because i was always there and always spoke to him from always going there. he seemed pretty normal to me. >> professional? >> >>iay. >> security guard? >> gun and everything. yes, sir. >> don, we do know, don, that he
did have troubles at various workplaces, but he remained employed for nine years with the security company, and as such was licensed to carry his weapons, don. >> yeah. which is extraordinary to a lot of people, and i know you were talking there, but the picture coming from neighbors, it's really a mixed picture, right? he was a nice guy, but his ex-wife says that he was violent. do you know any more about that, drew? >> reporter: you know, we really don't. we know, of course, that the fbi interviewed him over two years, 2013 and 2014 as part of investigations and we're hearing whispers that he had some kind of violent speaking that went on in his past, but just tonight we talked to the local imam, the imam who has known him since 2003 and said this kid has been coming to the local mosque just ten minutes away since that time, very quiet, very subdued,
found the whole thing unbelievable and this is what he told us tonight about the suspect. >> he would come, he would pray and he would not come with any friends. we don't recall any friend of him in this mofshg and he would not socialize with anybody. >> and that was a change in his lifestyle from his earlier years according to the imam. when he was a kid he was playful and more interactive. he reached out with his father. his father went to the same mosque with him for prayers, but in these later years he would come. he was very quiet and he kept to himself. very similar pattern from some of the many, many shootings, don, you and i have covered over these past several years. >> yeah. and details, more details to come for sure. i want to turn to pamela brown she is here with me in orlando. we hear that he called 1120 minutes into the attack. what are the details and
learning about that? >> it is bizarre that in the midst of opening fire we learned that he called 911 and he said who he was and said his location and he also pledged allegiance to isis and the isis leader abu bakr al-baghdady and that was the initial indication authorities had that, in fact, he was connected to international terrorism in one way or another. now to the extent of that and how far back this goes, that is still very much a question, but the fact that he called 911 in the midst of this and the fact that he was trying to negotiate with the police officers who arrived on the scene while he had the hostages, all of these are very unusual pieces to the puzzle and right now, don, investigators are looking at the scenario of whether this was someone who was inspired by hate, was targeting the gay community, but at the same time had some influence of international terrorism. so this is all part of the investigation at this stage. >> i wonder if he was inspired by the tsarnaev brothers,
tamerlan and dzhokhar because he apparently mentioned them at some point. was that a model for the boston bombing? a model for him, possibly? >> he mentioned that during the 911 call, as well and the extent to which they influenced him is unclear, but what is interesting to note here is of course, the boston bombing was in 2013 and in 2013 the fbi opened up an investigation into this gunman because some of his co-workers said that he was making some inflammatory remarks and remarks that indicated he could be inspired by terrorism. nothing came of that. the fbi interviewed him twice, didn't find any wrongdoing and so it ultimately closed that case, but i can tell you the fbi wants to figure out what the connection is to the tsarnaev brothers. obviously the m.o. was different. they used explosives and the gunman had a handgun and a rifle, as well, but there are still a lot of questions that investigators need answered at this hour. >> it's interesting he was able to legally buy guns. what do we know about those
guns, pamela? >> yeah. he had two fbi investigations open in 2013 and 2014 and both of them were closed and at the same time he was a security guard in port st. louucie is whe he was working more recently at a courthouse and we learned this from a neighbor. he apparently a couple of weeks ago bought this semiautomatic rifle as well as a handgun and he had a firearms license because he was a security guard. he bought these weapons legally and this will all be given under scrutiny given what he went on to do shortly thereafter opening fire in this nightclub and being responsible for being responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in american history. >> they'll be scrutinizing them interviewing him twice. >> three times all together. twice in 2013 and the second in 2014 about a close relationship with a suicide bomber and three times and the question is did the fbi miss anything? >> was this a breakdown? >> thank you, pamela brown. pamela brown reporting on the scene and we'll be back with
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we're back now live with our breaking news coverage. we want to take you now to live pictur pictures. this is the pulse nightclub. this is an aerial shot and these are the investigators who are at this crime scene doing what they do and sadly, you can see some of the stretchers there and also again, investigators on the scene and ambulances and hearses all there to do what they do, sadly, when something like this happens. the orlando community in shock tonight after 50 people are killed in the worst mass shooting in u.s. history. joining me now is patty sheehan, she's the orlando commissioner in district 4. you groaned when i said that. it's awful to hear. >> i am the first openly gay
elected official in central florida and for something like this to happen in my community and people are minh myselfing t minimizing that it happened to the gay community and they have latin nights and themed nights and this is a very accepting neighborhood and the fact that they came here and this business district is known as the main street. we're very proud of this area. it was a horrible, horrible thing to happen here. >> how did you hear about it, patty? >> they got a call first thing this morning and my first thing -- there was an outcry from the gay community and they said let's do a vigil and pull back. law enforcement is trying to do their job and they need to take care of these families and that's the hard thing, it's like, i know people want to do things, but right now it's about these families and it's about -- we're still getting people out of the building and it's very, very sad. >> i know. we just showed a live picture of that and so many people have not been notified and it's just horrendous for you because you
knew people who were in that club. >> yes. yes. i know the owner very well. shooerz a friend of mine and i was worried about her and found out from the police and it's been a very, very hard day and again, i hate to say it, but there are all these politicians running around here that don't want to do hate crime enhancements. >> go ahead. >> they don't want to do anything to help my community, but they'll come out here on the microphone and say this isn't about the gay community. nonsense. my community has a hole in its heart because of what happened and thou dare you minimize the damage that happened in my community. >> it's a hate crime, clearly for you. >> think so. and this is why we have the enhancements and these men meant to take a dag tore the heart of the gay community. in this community, wooe been through so much, you know? we've lost people to aids, hiv, and we've come together so many times to help each other and what they don't understand is that we will come through and persevere because love conquers hate every single time.
>> so many times the gay community and the lgbt community is the last group that gets recognition or help from anyone. >> right. >> and you know, sadly, does this show -- does this epitomize that? >> this shows why we need the protections and this shows that there are people who hate us and hate who we are and i think that it needs to be said, and i don't care if i upset people by talking about it. i think it's important. i'm the first openly gay elected official, of course, i'm going to talk about the impact this has on my community. >> how detrimental when people take religious doctrine and twist it to something and use it in a way that it's not meant to be used against gay people. >> this is the frustrating thing for me -- the guns are not the answer, you know, and -- >> what do you mean by that? >> people get angry and people think they'll use guns and violence to try to push an agenda against other people and my feeling is that we need to get to the heart of what is
making these people so diskecked from their communities, so disconnected from the world that they feel that this is the way to get their message across. i think this is bigger than guns and i think this is bigger than any of that and we need to figure out why these people are becoming so extremely angry that they feel fee that mass murder is the only answer. love is the answer. and that's what these people are about today and these people feeding, media, water, this is what orlando is. >> we've seen so many people coming together and people responding in this moment today. people who are helping and carrying, you know, other people into cars and i interviewed one young man who hid under a car to help people, and mark who is a prominent attorney and businessman here saying this is so -- for what orlando is and what that's become. >> people think of us as theme parks and things like that, but we are a very close, tight-knit
community and we are going to come out of this stronger because of who we are. the gay and lesbian community center has been doing grief counseling for people all day long and they'll be taking up donations for the victims' families and all of that, but i've got to tell you, something i have to give a shout out and i know people get angry about the police. our police department saved so many lives and there were almost 300 people in the club last night and it's a tragedy how many we lost and it would have been so much higher if opd had not risked their lives to save so many people and they had to break down a wall to save people. >> do you know what's inspiring me is that people come on and from what i'm seeing the outpouring and people are not responding to hate with hate. they're responding to hate with love. >> love conquers hate every single time. >> thank you so much. >> so sorry. so sorry. >> i saw blood -- i saw that, i saw blood on the sidewalk and my
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orlando at the pulse nightclub. we will continue to monitor those live pictures for you and give you an update as we get it here on sadly, how many people have been accounted for and those that are not accounted for. but right now it wan to tell you that president barack obama today calling the shooting here in orlando an act of terror and hate. let's discuss that now. tom fuentes, the former fbi assistant director is with me. julia cayenne, and senior security analyst, michael weiss, senior editor at "the daily beast" and former detective storm verny. mike i i want to start with you because you say so far this looks textbook isis inspired even with this lgbt angle here. why do saw yoi that? >> i'm surprised people are surprised, frankly, that a jihadist would want to target homosexuals. they're throwing homosexuals off
buildings and either because he had a secret he was keeping from isis or he was also scouting these targets. isis considers homosexuals to be subhuman and marked for death and the guy has a history of mental illness. i don't know about you, but anybody who straps a suicide bomb to their belt or vest, and i don't consider them emotionalemotiona emotionally stable nor do i consider jihadists to be pro-lgbt. this is textbook to me. this is a guy that likes what isis is selling and it could be a var variety of reasons and abu bakr al baghdadi, the khalif, and he asked all muslims and non-muslims to do in frie2014. if you have a rock, bash him over the head and if you have a car, drive over him. it's no longer just about nation
building and remaining and expanding in iraq and syria. so i think this is rather like san bernardino. i mean, this was somebody who was inspired resmomotely. he didn't have to join the army of the so-called caliphate and the invisible armies of isis and the people who isis doesn't even know exist, but are egging on to commit these kind of atrocitiea. >> tom fuentes, it is going to be in part the gunman's motivation in this investigation, very important. >> don, i agree, it is important, but you know, i also agree that isis hates gays. isis hates jews, christian, non-muslim, even shia muslims. they just about hate everybody. there's nothing peaceful and loving about the isis ideology advocating their form of the good old-fashioned religion that calls for beheadings and stonings and throwing people off of rooftops.
to think otherwise and to think that to try to attach our values in the west that wow, this is a hate crime. this is difficult. no, this is completely in line with isis advocacy of what type of crime to commit and how to commit it. >> juliette, let's talk about this 911 call allegedly 20 minutes by the gunman into the attack pledging allegiance to isis and mentioning the boston am booing. how does this tragedy compare to boston if at all? >> well, it's similar in that it's a soft target with a lot of people there, high profile, but it has very important differences. the first is he wanted to identify as isis and let the world know that he was identifying himself with isis, and so that was a statement to the world. he also clearly did not have an exit strategy. the boston bombers, everyone has to remember had an attempt or were trying to get to new york to continue their violence. so he knew what this mission
was. it was a suicide mission. i will say one thing about this isis notion. it's very important that we make the distinction between isis-inspired and isis-directed. it is very likely, we don't know -- i should be fair. we don't know yet, but there is a difference between sort of back channel communications where isis is directing someone to walk into a gay bar and shoot 50 people and someone self-radicalizing, passively absorbing information and then doing the same. it's not a difference to the victims or their families or even to this country right now, but it's a difference for law enforcement and investigation and intelligence purposes. >> and what does it -- does it make a difference, juliette that his father said he became upset because he saw two men embracing and two men kissing and his child had to witness that. >> fathers say a lot of things about their mass killer sons, and i'm sure the father is
trying to explain or understand who would trigger his own child to do this, but this was, you know, as tom said, you know, that this is -- this was an attack against people that they hated. in this instance it was the gay community. the gay community is impacted by this. your previous speaker obviously is talking about the essential notion or desire to have a hate crimes legislation, but from the counter terrorism perspective, whether it was two men kissing or two christians or two jews, this guy was motivated by a desire to reflect isis in violence in the united states. >> motivated by hate. tom, you were an nypd detectivive and you focussed a lot on hate crimes and i know the nypd works with a number of law enforcement agencies around the country and really around the world and they're kept abreast with this and a lot of people consult with them. what would you do if you were
looking at this investigation? what would you be looking for? >> first, my condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, the murdered folks in the club. it's just awful. unbelievably awful what took place there. not only was with the nypd for almost 22 years and i'm also an openly gay man and to be an openly gay police officer and a detective and also having been at that club. i've been to the pulse nightclub when i vacationed in florida. i have friends down there. we've been there, so it was unbelievably disturbing to hear this on a number of different levels. you are dealing with the radicalization of certain religions. you're dealing with the easy access to weapons. you're dealing with certainly a lot of hate here, certainly to kill 50 people and to injure another 53 more or more than that requires a lot of hate. so, yeah, we're talking about someone following some sort of ideology that is just -- we're talking about a mutant here.
this is not the muslim or the islamic religion that i know. i worked with muslim police officers, and i know many people in the muslim community in new york city. this is not the religion that i am familiar with. this is a mutant who is basically taking a religion and radicalizing it for their own twisted ideals and i don't -- there's not enough information to know whether it was isis directed and that's going to come out as the investigation goes on and we'll have to dig into this guy's phone. we'll have to dig into this guy's family and his friends, his co workers and to find out what kind of a guy this was and what information people may have had without connecting the dots before this mayhem took place. >> i need to tell viewers that we're talking to tom and we'll be speaking to the police commissioner of new york city, bill brattin in just moments on cnn. i want to ask you before we end here, we know that counter terrorism experts investigated this gunman twice over terror
ties and questioned him three times, but he was allowed to legally purchase a gun and was allowed to hold a job as a security guard. do you think the system failed here? >> which tom is it? for me? >> tom fuentes. >> oh, tom fuentes. >> gotcha. >> okay. the problem, don, we are a free society and you get to think what you want to think, so we can't have the fbi lock people up because they think bad thoughts. they can only start to lock people up when they take an action in furtherance of those thoughts and the actions become dangerous. so, you know, in this situation, we don't know that he came close enough to crossing a line where they have anything they can prosecute him for and the second amendment debates we have in this country is considered a guarded right by the constitution to be able to purchase and possess a firearm and it requires someone being convicted of a crime and not
just questioned by the fbi or being suspicious on the suspicion list of law enforcement. they have to commit and be convicted of a crime or judged mentally ill in order to lose their constitutional right to buy a weapon. so this is something -- this is something that's a guaranteed right. >> all right. thank you, everyone. when we come right back much more on theic braing news. nypd commissioner bill bratton coming up next. because the ultimate expression of power, is control. this is the pursuit of perfection. world saleilton is on honors members save up to 25% on brands like hampton, doubletree, hilton garden inn, and waldorf astoria so stop clicking around. book direct at hilton.com now that's satisfaction. little miss muffet sat on eating her curds and whey.
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back now live. you're looking at live pictures of the pulse nightclub. now you can see it's surrounded in police tape and also flashing lights on police cars less than 24 hours after the deadliest shooting in american history. a gunman opened fire inside this gay nightclub killing 50 people and wounded at least 53 more. security being tightened all across this country. new york city on high alert and the empire state building dark. the spire of the world trade center lit up in rainbow colors this evening and right now i want to speak to new york city's police commissioner william bratton and he joins me now by phone. commissioner, thank you for joining us. i appreciate it and i know your team is monitoring the situation down here in orlando, florida. what sort of indication is this having with the authorities right now? >> we have continuous
communication, through the joint terrorism tank force. i was alerted about this attack very early on and based on early information that we're getting, within the city of new york we began to start covering some of the areas where gays would congregate in the city, the nightclub district, and the gay movement. the intelligence that we gathered internally and a lot of those are just not available to the public at this time and we tend to get a sense here in new york city, at this time there is nothing that we are aware of based on our intelligence records specifically against new york, but at the same time we have to err on the side of caution. we fortunately, have resources in this city and we have, in fact, done that. >> i would imagine that pretty quickly, commissioner, when
something like this happens and new york prepares in the event that it might be a coordinated attack and you try to figure it out versus a lone wolf attack. that is figured out in the early part of the investigation, correct? >> very early on it appears it was in fact a lone wolf situation. the investigation that's ongoing, and the massive investigation now is attempting to determine was he, in fact, a lone wolf. did he have assistance? family, friends, others? you hear the term very frequently now, inspired, enabled, directed. quite clearly he was inspired by isis and he swore allegiance to them in the phone call he made. we'll now be looking to see was he enabled in any way, enabled oftentimes particularly someone seeking to create and taught how to do that, taught how to conduct an attack and this
attack here in its simplicity could occur any place in america at any time, and someone can walk into a crowd and start shooting. it doesn't take much planning and doesn't take much enabling and in this case, it seemed like it was largely an inspired attack and people had hatred, quite honestly and when i say we, i mean the various agencies are looking at that and they'll be looking very closely to see was this directed in any way, shape or form, meaning was he in touch with isis and potentially in this country. there is a massive review of this young man's life and all of his acquaintances and his activity and certainly any type of electronic devices. so unfortunately, we are getting very skilled with this because events are happening with increasing frequency and we've
seen that here in new york city in the last 16 years, we have 20-some-odd incidents and the way the incidents are occurring much more -- and that's a fact of life in america that we'll have to get used to. >> i'm having a little bit of trouble hearing you with this tiny earpiece that i have out here on the scene, commissioner, but when you mention guns, you said anyone can walk into a club and it doesn't take much planning or walk into any place. is the problem guns or access to guns? is that an issue in this? >> in our country, it certainly facilitated in a much easy way because the access to guns is extraordinary in it country, both legally and it appears that this individual bought his weapons legally within the last week or illegally, that the illegal trapping of firearms is incredible. earlier in your show there was commentary about the issue of
his access to firearms even though he'd been invest gaited on several occasions by the fbi and we have the congress and being held hostage by the nra that we have the terrorist watch list and no-fly list and someone on that list can legally purchase a firearm in the united states of america. well, there's the height of insanity and who is authorizing that insanity? the congress of the united states. so there will be a lot of finger-pointing going on here and hopefully, maybe out of this awful tragedy might come restoration of sanity where with the lax gun laws we have total insanity. >> what would you like to see done, commissioner, in that regard? >> meaningful gun laws, gun control laws that would have helped in this instance and
that's part of the investigation would seek to determine that the investigation and is there anything that came out of those investigations that might have been able to keep him from obtaining either the job he had as a security officer apparently or would let him buy a firearm, would be an aspect of it and i don't hold out much hope of that, and i don't hold out much hope for that. the congress of the united states is too afraid at this time. what we need to do as the nypd, the fbi, improve our offense and our offense is really identifying these individuals more quickly, more certainly and preventing them from committing their acts and then on the defense side, the defense side as we've also done here in new york, we've increased the number
of officers assigned to counter terrorism funk isism functions 60 to 70 to improve our ability to defend. today in new york city we have hundreds of officers outside places of concern, gay nightclubs and locations and locations where gay organizations have officers that because this attack was specifically focused against the gay community, and also that we'll just enhance our presence in new york because we've been able to increase the size of the police department in the last two years and we have more resources and most of my colleagues have available to them around the country. >> commissioner, we really appreciate you joining us. we know the gay pride celebrations are coming up in new york city. >> june 19th and we have a number of events coming up. >> thank you, commissioner. we appreciate you calling in. thanks so much. thank you. as we go to break, i want to show you some live pick theures and this is again, new york city
and this is stonewall, the site of the stonewall memorial, the stonewall inn, sheridan square and that's where it all started, the revolution for gay people and for gay rights right there at the stonewall inn in new york city. we'll be right back with more of our breaking news. the deadliest mass shooting in american history here in orlando. [burke] at farmers,we've seen almost everything,
we are back now live are from orlando, and you can is see that the aerial pictures of the pulse nightclub where the investiga investigators are on the scene and trying to get to the bottom of everything that happened here and get all of the information they can and get all of the evidence they k and we will continue to monitor the picture s. the people in orlando and around the world shocked in sadness of the massacre of 50 people at this gay nightclub and at least 53 others are wounded. i want to talk to joshua mcgill who escaped this deadly attack, and you were in the club with two friends, and i am sorry to have to speak to you about this traged tragedy. >> it is fine. it is fine. >> i say that you are a hero, and i will explain the story, but how are you doing right now? >> i'm exhausted and i have not had any down time to comprehend what has gone on, but i have
been more of a calm and collected person anyways, so i mean, i am just kind of taking it one step at a time, and processing it the way i know how which is music and chill-lax. >> and you were not supposed to be here and you were working at the sister club for the people who own pulse. >> it is not like the same owners, but we say that we are sister clubs because if their bartenders or whoever is off, they come to help ous ut. >> so you help each other. >> yes, basically. >> you showed up at what time? >> my roommates and i 11:45 at the latest, and we were there before midnight, and next to our favorite bartender kate, and she takes care of us all night, and there is an exit to the patio bar area next to kate, and literally i can push my arm. >> you got out quickly u and tell me whatp happened as you were there with your friends? >> what happened is 1:45 the
last call for alcohol, and everybody was rushing around to close tout tabs and drink another drink, and our roommate said it is time to close it out, and kate is busy and very popular bartender, and took five to ten minutes to get the printout. >> but could you hear it? >> he signed it, and then we heard the three gunshots, boom, boom, boom, and it sound liked the maybe entrance which is totally across where we were, but you know, i couldn't see anything. i didn't see a face of a person. >> did people start to scramble after that, right? >> well, it is like an automatic response and like a loud bang, you do like a half duck, and so we all kind of did that and someone next to my roommate grabbed her and pulled her down and i pulled her down and he pulled my roommate down, and he said, that is not like a sound blow from the speaker, that is real. >> and get to your story. so you started to help someone out, and you pulled someone under a car who had been injure
and we have a shot of your pants that are blood bloodied. take us through that story. >> well, we were running and i got scared with the gunshots, because i did want to get scared in the crossfire so i jumped behind the car or the suv and hiding behind it, and the shots were fired multiple more times and got further away and so i decided it is my time to the run to the safety area the cops had set up around the perimeter, and that is when i saw rodney struggling and limping around. >> he is the victim. >> yes, and he had multiple gunshot wounds one in each arm and then i found out one is in the upper right area of the back. pulled him over behind the car, and i told him that everything is going to be okay, and i got you. just calm down, and i was like, i need to cut off as much blood as i can, and so i took my shirt off and tied it around one arm
as tight as i could and then took off his shirt, and tied it around the arm, and i didn't know about the back until i tried to get him to walk and get through the safety earea, and h was like, oh, my god, my back hurts and i looked and i was covered in blood, so i held it as tight as i could and we got to the safety zone, and officer whomever said, you guys stay down, and there is a guy standing by and i looked at him and i said, give me your shirt and he did and i used it to cover up the back, the wound on the back. >> yeah. >> i want to show the audience, because it is a picture of the jeans, blooded jeans and that is rodney's blood there. >> yes, and there is some on my shoela shoelaces. >> and you said that you were able to, and i don't know if the family has been notified? >> rodney, yes. he is fine at the hospital today and acould not see him, because
he is in the emergency department, but he is stable, and so i mean, on the way to the hospital, the officer had him lay on top of me, and had to bear hug him. >> and you were making promises to him. >> and yes, trying to keep him awake. and that is how i got him to stay conscious, and what's your name, and how old are you? and i promise you are going to be okay, and i don't know if you are religious, but i am and i promise you that god has got this, and you will be okay, and i was mainly scared and i was like, god, please don't let me break my promise, and so we get to the hospital, and he is on the stretcher, and and they take him away. >> and you are a here row, and thank you so much, and i am glad that you are okay, and glad that you were able to help him. >> nice to meet you. >> and pleasure. >> thank you. you are welcome. >> we will be right back, everyone. to join the wednesday night league. because he loves to play hoops. not jump through them. that's the excitement of rewarding connections.
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