ORLANDO, Florida– A doctor who has been treating the wounded from the Orlando nightclub shooting says he would be surprised if the death toll doesn’t rise. Dr. Michael Cheatham said at a news conference today that six people are still critically ill at the hospital. He says they are doing everything they can for them and he asked people to pray for them. 49 people were killed when a gunman attacked a gay nightclub early Sunday. More than 50 people were wounded in the attack. The gunman died in a shootout with police.
A survivor of the nightclub shooting in Orlando also spoke during today’s news conference. Angel Colon said he thought “I’m next, I’m dead” as the gunman fired toward his head. Colon described to reporters today the horrific events that he survived. He spoke at a hospital news conference from a wheelchair with the doctors and nurses who treated him nearby.
Colon says the gunman shot a girl next to him and then shot his hand and his hip. He says he pretended to be dead as the gunman kept firing his gun. At times, he says, the gunman was shooting people who appeared to have already been killed.
Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub early Sunday. He was eventually killed in a shootout with police.