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.
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