Marine veteran saves dozens of lives during Orlando nightclub shooting

By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk


ORLANDO, Fla. - A Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan is being called a hero after his quick thinking saved the lives of dozens during a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub last weekend.

According to CBS News, Pulse nightclub bouncer Imran Yousuf, 24, was working early Sunday when shots rang out.
"Everyone froze," Yousuf told CBS News. "I'm here in the back, and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway, and they sardine-pack everyone."
Yousuf knew that the crowd could escape the club through a latched door nearby.
"I'm screaming, 'Open the door! Open the door!' And no one is moving because they are scared," he told CBS News. "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."
Yousuf said more than 60 or 70 people fled through the door.
"I wish I could have saved more, to be honest," he said tearfully.

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