Orlando Nightclub Shooting Update: Survivors May Have Blocked Exit Door That Would Have Allowed People To Escape

Phillip Dengler

Since the club was extremely dark and loud, it was a very hectic and scary situation for everyone involved. According to witnesses, the gunshots initially blended in with the music, and many believed that the DJ added the noises in. In an interview with ABC News, which was posted to YouTube, survivor Luis Burbano called in to discuss what happened. A visibly shaken Burbano notes how he remained in the club for a few minutes after the shooting started in order to try and help those who were shot.

After the shooting stopped for a few seconds, Burbano made his way outside into an alley. With the bullets getting louder and closer, Burbano and another man blocked the exit door in order to prevent the gunman from possibly making his way outside. Burbano talked about how he hopes that he did not prevent anyone from escaping.

"As soon as we got a ten second break, we went through this alleyway, which led for only employees, and me and this random guy tried blocking the door, cause at that point, like I said, the bullets were getting louder and closer. So we blocked this door, and we did hear banging, and I pray it wasn't anyone trying to escape, because I would forever feel guilty. But at that point there was about 20 people in front of us crammed in this little alleyway, with a big hole in one of the fences, and just trying to topple over, just trying to escape, just trying to run."

With the Orlando Nightclub shooting still early in the investigation stages, more updates are going to come out over the next few hours and days. As USA Today reports, the shooting has been called domestic terrorism, but it is unknown whether or not it is Islamic terrorism.

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