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‘I’m next. I’m dead’ – Orlando shooting survivor recounts horror

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Angel Colon (L), a surviver of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, shakes the hand of Dr. Sandeep Mukerjee before a press conference at Orlando Regional Medical Center on June 14, 2016 in Orlando, Florida/AFP

Angel Colon (L), a surviver of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, shakes the hand of Dr. Sandeep Mukerjee before a press conference at Orlando Regional Medical Center on June 14, 2016 in Orlando, Florida/AFP

ORLANDO, United States, Jun 14 – Lying wounded on the floor of Pulse nightclub, with a gunman continuing to fire bullets into the motionless bodies of patrons all around him, Angel Colon thought it was his turn to die.

With three bullets in his leg, which was shattered as desperate clubgoers trampled him he was unable to run to safety.

And Omar Mateen, who had sprayed the popular nightclub in Orlando with bullets before briefly moving to another part of the venue, was heading back in his direction.

“All I could do was just lay down there while everyone was just running on top of me trying to get to where they had to be,” Colon recounted Tuesday, alongside the emergency medical personnel he credited for saving his life.

“And all I could hear was the shotgun one after another, and people screaming, people yelling for help,” he told reporters.

Two days after 49 people were killed and dozens of others grievously injured in America’s deadliest mass shooting, Colon, his voice quivering, recalled how a festive evening out with friends turned into unfathomable horror early Sunday.

“We were just having a great time. We’re all just there having a drink. It was shortly after two o’clock. We were saying our good-byes. I’m hugging everyone. It was a great night,” Colon recounted.

“No drama, just smiles, just laughter.”

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