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“It was a great night. No drama, just smiles, just laughter.”
Angel Colon was one of the more than 300 people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 the night a deranged gunman opened fire on the crowd. It was late and the bar was closing. As Colon was saying goodbye to his friends that night, the attack began. In an instant, Colon heard gun fire and started to run, but fell to the ground after being hit three times in the left leg, shattering his bones. “All I could hear was the shotgun,” Colon said in a media room. That’s when the shooter started shooting the injured and dead lying on the floor. Colon playing dead on the floor as the gunman approached him. “I’m just there laying down and I’m thinking, ‘I’m next. I’m dead,'” Colon recalls. The gunman fired more bullets at Colon hitting his hand and hip. Colon lied on the floor listening to the screams for help and the relentless gunfire that he says lasted five to ten minutes. Finally, a police officer approached Colon and dragged him out of the bar.
“I’m grateful for him but the floor is just covered in glass,” Colon says through tears. “So, he’s dragging me out while I’m just getting cut on my behind, my back, my legs. I don’t feel pain but I just feel all this blood on my from myself, from my other people.”
Stay strong, Angel. Love always wins.