One of the survivors of the Orlando shooting is now giving a chilling account to what happened in Pulse Nightclub that night.
Patience Carter, an African-American woman who was in the club, explained to CBS News that she was able to survive by hiding in the bathroom. She claimed to have overheard the killer negotiating with police on his phone, and confirmed that he pledged allegiance to ISIS.
She said he told them he wouldn’t stop killing people in the club until the U.S. stopped bombing Afghanistan. While she was quietly hiding in the bathroom, Mateen asked if “there are any black people in here.” She claims he followed by excluding some black people from his targets. “I don’t have a problem with black people,” he allegedly said. “This is about my country. You guys suffered enough.”
Pulse was hosting Latin night the night of the shooting. Many of those killed were from Puerto Rico. Carter said the bathroom was filled with bodies of people who tried to escape the shooting. The gunman forcibly made it inside the bathroom just before police breached a wall to get him. Carter also said she made “peace with God and within” herself and was saved by a stranger who was shielding her while Mateen killed his last three victims in the bathroom. “If it wasn’t for that person shielding me it would’ve been me shot and I wouldn’t be sitting here today,” she said. After police took out Mateen, Carter went to check on her two friends that she came with. One was severely the injured, and the other had died.
Check out her full statement in the video above.