One of the lucky survivors in the deadly mass-shooting at an Orlando gay club says blacks were spared by the shooter, Omar Mateen.
Image: Omar Mateen who murdered 49 people in the gay nightclub.According to the victim, blacks were among those held hostage at the nightclub for about three hours but the kidnapper constantly assured that no black person would be killed because they've suffered enough already. Patience Carter, 20, was partying with two of her friends when the killer stormed in and started shooting sporadically at people. At the end of the disaster, a total of 49 people had gone to the great beyond unprepared. Although Patience was lucky enough to have survived the onslaught with gunshot wounds, her 18-year-old friend Akkyra Murray didn't. Patience tearfully spoke about the horrific attack, explaining how she, Akyra and her cousin Tiara Parker were taken hostage in the bathroom of the club as the mass murderer rampaged through the club.
Image: Patience Carter and Angel Santiago preparing to leave the hospital after checking in with the doctors.
Reports say the killer shot at them through the door of a disabled toilet as they hid with others. At one point, he asked them if any of the hostages were black.
Patience, who is African-American, told a press conference at Florida Hospital Orlando she was too scared to respond.
But one black person had the courage to speak up, saying they were blacks. Then Mateen said he would spare them because they’ve suffered already.
Mateen reportedly said: “I don’t have a problem with black people.
“This is about my country. You guys suffered enough.”
Patience and her friends had been enjoying a girls’ night out while she was on holiday with their family.
When she first heard the shots, she said she thought it was sound effects played to get people to leave the club.
But when she realized it was real, she dropped to the floor and crawled back to the exit as Akyra followed.
Image: Patience Carter, a survivor of the mass killing.
They realized that Tiara was still inside and went to get her, which is when they were taken hostage for three hours.
Akyra was shot and died from blood loss before paramedics could reach her.
Patience said today how she feels survivors’ guilt over going back into the club with Akyra, instead of telling her to stay outside.
She said: “It was a shock. We went from having the time of our lives to the worst night of our lives all within a matter of minutes.”
Mateen stormed into the nightclub after his father claimed he was angered by seeing two men kissing in Miami months before.
It has now been claimed that gunman Mateen visited the LGBT nightclub on several occasions and also used a gay dating app.