Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts

January 8, 2017

Did The FBI Failed Us Again? The Shooter Asked for Help Instead they gave him His Gun Back

The brother of the Florida airport shooting suspect said his sibling had sought help for mental problems months earlier and questioned why more wasn't done. 
Bryan Santiago said Esteban Santiago, 26, was taken by police to a mental health evaluation but released after only four days. 
The former Army reservist walked into an Anchorage, Alaska FBI office on Nov. 7 "to report that his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency," Special Agent in Charge Marlin Ritzman told reporters. 

Image: Esteban Ruiz Santiago

Airport shooting suspect Esteban Ruiz Santiago, 26, is seen in this mugshot provided by the Broward Sheriff's Office. Broward Sheriff's Office / AP

In an interview with Telemundo in Puerto Rico, Bryan Santiago said: "Four days for a guy who talked to the FBI [about] those things ... that is a serious argument, you know? He goes to the FBI saying that he [was] hearing voices, that the CIA are saying that he needs to join ISIS." 
The FBI and police said Saturday they were still seeking treatment records. Local police took held Santiago's gun for safe keeping after he was taken for treatment but it was returned the next month, officials said. 
Ritzman on Saturday said the FBI investigated Santiago after the November incident and conducted inter-agency checks and conducted database reviews. 
"During our initial investigation we found no ties to terrorism," FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Anchorage office Marlin Ritzman told reporters. “He broke no laws when he came into our office making disjointed comments about mind control."

Santiago was born in New Jersey and raised in Puerto Rico. In late 2007 he joined the Puerto Rico National Guard and served a 10-month deployment to Iraq from April 2010 to February 2011. 
Bryan Santiago said his brother was "still a nice guy but sometimes more furious" after he returned from Iraq. 
But he said his brother later seemed to develop mental issues and, during a visit to Alaska months ago, "he told me about these things that he [was] hearing voices, seeing people following him, the CIA and the government are, you know, writing him secret codes on the website to him and to join a group." 
A motive in Friday's shooting at a baggage terminal at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is still under investigation. 
The FBI said after the shooting rampage Santiago told investigators he planned the attack, according to an affidavit in a criminal complaint filed Saturday. 


Bryan Santiago speaks about his brother Esteban, a man accused of shooting five people at a Florida airport on Friday, in Penuelas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Danica Coto / AP

Santiago said he checked a bag with a Walther 9 mm handgun in it and two magazines of ammunition, picked up the bag after landing in Florida, loaded it in a bathroom and stepped out and shot the first people he encountered, the FBI said in the affidavit. 
Federal guidelines allow for passengers to check unloaded guns in a locked case, and also allows for ammunition to be placed in checked baggage. 
After he was released from the mental health facility, Anchorage police returned his gun on Dec. 8 after coordinating with the FBI, Anchorage Police Chief Chris Tolley said. 
 Anchorage officials are still investigating the case. U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska, Karen Loeffler, said federal laws restricted gun possession by anyone "adjudicated mentally ill" — which she noted was a "difficult standard" to establish. 
Based on federal standards, “[Santiago] is not somebody that would have been prohibited based on the information that they had," she said.

Bryan Santiago said that when his brother told him in Alaska that he was hearing voices, he urged him to seek professional help. 
"They knew it, that he has psychological problems. When FBI visited me yesterday here, they told me that," Santiago said. "That he went to FBI offices. If they knew it, then why did they have him free?" 
"I want to say to the international and American people that he, before that, went to FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska, asking for help," Bryan Santiago said. 
Santiago was charged Saturday with three federal counts, and faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted, prosecutors said.

October 26, 2016

Marco Rubio Gets Boos in Orlando by Puerto Rican Crowd

Marco Rubio at Calle Orange, a street festival in downtown Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.
Adrian Florido/NPR
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got booed off a stage in Orlando on Sunday by a crowd that was overwhelmingly Latino.
It happened at Calle Orange, a street festival in downtown Orlando geared toward the city's large Puerto Rican community. The icy reception was an indication of the challenges that Rubio, a Republican of Cuban heritage, has faced in locking down support from Latinos in Florida as the state's Latino electorate has begun to shift to the left.

Crowd Boos As Rubio Speaks

Some Latinos, including several people in the crowd, have expressed anger over his endorsement of Donald Trump, who kicked off his presidential campaign last year by disparaging Mexican immigrants.
At first, there was no visible hostility toward Rubio when he arrived at the festival on Sunday. He was greeted by a group of volunteers wearing Rubio campaign T-shirts and playing Plena, a rhythmic style of music native to Ponce, Puerto Rico. The musicians accompanied Rubio as he and his aides walked toward the stage. He stopped for selfies along the way.
But when he took the stage, there was a spattering of boos from the crowd. When the emcee introduced the senator, they grew louder.
"I'm going to introduce a man who represents Latinos, no matter where you're from," the emcee boomed in Spanish. The boos grew louder still. "Ladies and gentlemen, the senator for the state of Florida, a Latino like you and me ... his name is Marco Rubio! Applaud!"
Instead, the boos rained down on the senator, drowning out what appeared to be a handful of supporters in the crowd.
"Thank you for having me today," Rubio said, also in Spanish. "I want you to enjoy this day. We're not going to talk about politics today. Thank God for this beautiful day, and for our freedom, our democracy, our vote and our country. God bless you all, thank you very much."

Then he left the stage, to more boos.
His appearance at Calle Orange seemed to be an embarrassing miscalculation for Rubio, who is locked in a tight race for re-election against his Democratic challenger, Rep. Patrick Murphy. The most recent CBS News/YouGov poll of the race showed them tied among Florida Hispanics at 40 percent.
As Rubio left the stage, I asked him twice why he thought the crowd had reacted negatively, but he ignored my questions. Rubio's campaign defended his appearance at the festival in an email, calling it "very positive" overall:
"Marco kept his remarks short at the request of the hosts since it was not intended to be a political gathering. Marco has worked hard on behalf of the Puerto Rican community — from leading efforts to help Puerto Rico out of its financial crisis, to awarding the Borinqueneers with the Congressional Gold Medal, and making student loans more affordable. If re-elected, he will continue to fight for the best interest of Florida's Hispanic community."
Those in the crowd, however, were eager to give their take.
"Latinos might have differences amongst each other, but we're also united as one," said Angel Marin, a retired Army sergeant of Puerto Rican descent who said he has voted for both Democrats and Republicans. He said he resented Rubio for his endorsement of Trump.
"And when we have someone like Trump, who hits our Mexican brothers, our Latino brothers, then you jump on that bandwagon after all that stuff he says not only about you personally ... as a Latino, you're a freaking sellout. I would not vote for him if they paid me."
Musicians play at last weekend's Calle Orange festival in Orlando.
Adrian Florido/NPR
"He's from the party of Trump," Gretchen Valentin, who lives in Orlando, said in Spanish. She characterized her feelings toward Rubio as more distaste than dislike. Valentin moved to Florida from Puerto Rico 15 years ago, but said this election would be her first time voting. "I've never belonged to any political party, but this year, I'm inclined toward the Democrats. The little I've seen of Trump and the Republicans and how hard they've made it for immigrants has left me unconvinced with them."
To a certain extent, the tough crowd may have been a function of the fact that unlike in Rubio's hometown of Miami, home to the state's largest number of Republican Hispanics, Latino voters in the Orlando area — who are overwhelmingly Puerto Rican— trend heavily Democratic.
But it also points to the difficulty the GOP has had in hanging on to Latino support statewide. Ten years ago, there were more Latinos registered as Republicans in Florida than were registered as Democrats. Today, that has flipped. And that's not just because of the thousands of Puerto Ricans who have left the island and settled in Central Florida in recent years. Young Cuban-Americans are also trending Democratic.
Florida also has large populations of Venezuelans and Colombians.
Rubio's Spanish-language outreach in the current campaign has showcased his understanding of differences between all of these groups. In one radio ad now airing on Spanish-language stations, Rubio voices support for people he says have been oppressed in Cuba, for sanctions against Venezuela's socialist government, and for a resolution to the decades-old war in Colombia.
At the festival in Orlando, the musicians singing pro-Rubio slogans to the rhythm of Plena made his campaign sound like Puerto Rico.
The only problem for him was that most of the Puerto Ricans in the crowd didn’t buy it.

October 11, 2016

Fed Judge Orders Florida to Extend Voter Registration


A federal judge in Florida late Monday ordered the state to extend the deadline for registering to vote by one day and set a hearing on whether to extended it even further. 
Under Florida law, voters had until Tuesday, October 11, to register to vote. But Judge Mark Walker said in view of the disruption caused by Hurricane Matthew, the state should extended it to Wednesday. 
Noting that that storm’s damage affected some parts of the state more than others, the judge said "it would be grossly inappropriate" to allow voters in Jacksonville to register later than those in Pensacola.

The order came in response to a lawsuit filed Sunday by Florida Democrats. They said when Gov. Rick Scott ordered evacuations as the hurricane headed for the state, he forced voters “to choose between their safety and the safety of their families on one hand, and their fundamental right to vote on the other. 

 The state Democrats had asked the judge to extend the registration deadline by a week, until October 18. He set a hearing for 10 a.m. Wednesday on that request. 
Walker said Florida law gives the governor authority to suspend or move an election date due to an unforeseen emergency. Given that, the judge said, "it is wholly irrational in this instance for Florida to refuse to extend the voter registration deadline.  "It has been suggested that the issue of extending the voter registration deadline is about politics. Poppycock," Walker wrote. 
"This case is about the right of aspiring eligible voters to register and to have their votes counted. Nothing could be more fundamental to our democracy." 
The state could try to appeal Monday's order. No immediate response was available from state officials.

June 24, 2016

Donald Trump Might Take Down Marco Rubio Twice this Year


Donald Trump might take down Marco Rubio twice this year.

Trump’s big win in Rubio’s home state of Florida in March forced the Republican senator out of the presidential contest. Now that Rubio has reversed his oft-repeated claim that he would not seek a second Senate term, a big Trump loss may undo Rubio’s second 2016 campaign.

A Real Clear Politics polling average shows a three point Clinton lead over Trump in the state, but a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Hillary Clinton opening a 47%-39% lead over Trump in Florida. Quinnipiac found the two presumptive presidential nominees in a virtual tie there in May.

That’s terrible for Trump, who faces a near-impossible electoral map if he loses Florida. But it’s also bad for Rubio. The senator may have briefly looked like the Republican frontrunner last winter, but today he is just one of several endangered Republican incumbents whose reelection chances will fall further as Trump’s numbers drop.

“Rubio’s Trump challenge isn’t any different than any other GOP incumbent in a competitive race,” said Jennifer Duffy, who handicaps Senate races for the Cook Political Report. “If Trump gets blown out in Florida, it will be a whole lot harder for Rubio to win. And like his colleagues, he will be answering for everything Trump says and does.”

GOP leaders convinced Rubio to run again because he offers their best hope to hold the Florida seat against probable Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, a House Democrat. But even with Rubio in the race, Duffy still rates the race as a toss-up. So doother political handicappers.

This is reflective of an electoral trend: Ballot splitting, where voters pick a presidential candidate from one party and one or more congressional candidates from another, has declined for decades. About 30% of voters split tickets in 1972, versus about 10% in 2012. Turnout shoots up in presidential election years because voters are motivated to vote for one of the White House candidates. With few split ballots, the down ticket candidates win or lose based on their presidential candidate’s success.

Rubio is far from the only Republican who faces an uphill battle because of Trump. As the presumptive Republican nominee slips in national polls, he threatens to lose Senate battleground states and House districts by margins that even good candidates can’t make up from with the small portion of voters willing to divide their votes between parties. The problem for Republicans is less that voters will switch from Trump to Clinton, but that turnout will fall among GOP loyalists relative to Democratic turnout.

Republican Senators Mark Kirk of Illinois and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are underdogs this year because they are up for reelection in states Clinton is expected to carry easily. Little wonder that Kirk this month became the first GOP incumbent to rescindhis Trump endorsement.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire faces attacksover her votes opposing gun control measures, but her biggest problem is Trump’s uphill odds in New Hampshire, which has trended blue in presidential races. 

Quinnipiac showed Clinton and Trump tied at 40% in Ohio. That’s okay for incumbent GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who has a strong campaign organization and more money than his challenger, former Gov. Ted Strickland. But that poll showed Trump dropping by four points since last month. If that trend continues, the gap at some point will outmatch Portman’s means.

The story is similar in Pennsylvania. GOP Sen. Pat Toomey may be able to handle challenger Katie McGinty if the presidential hopefuls maintain their current virtual tie in the Keystone State. But a bigger Clinton win could sink Toomey.

Democrats hope that if Trump slips far enough in the polls, challengers to Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and John McCain of Arizona will have a chance. Arizona has an estimated 350,000 unregistered Latino voters Democrats are scrambling to sign up, hoping to capitalize on Trump’s attacks on Mexicans and a federal judge of Mexican heritage. Democrats argue registering a chunk of those voters could put the state in play for Clinton and buoy the hopes of McCain’s challenger, Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. 

Trump’s woes explain why oddsmakers currently like Democrats’ chances of regaining a majority in the Senate, where the GOP now holds a 54-46 edge. A Clinton landslide might even threaten Republicans 247-188 House majority. One analyst recently guessedthat Clinton winning by eight points or more nationally would put the House into play 

Of course, same factors that might hurt vulnerable Republicans if Trump flounders would help them if Trump performs well.

“If Trump won Florida, Rubio would almost certainly win,” Kyle Kondick, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, wrote last week.

Trump’s recent performance, however, leaves members of his party worrying far more that he will hurt them than hopeful he will help. Even Rubio—who once questioned Trump’s competence, honesty,and anatomy—has his political fate tied to the businessman. That is a dangerous position.

June 15, 2016

Anderson Cooper Takes FL., AG to Task as a Hypocrite on LGBT{See it on Tape}

CNN’s Anderson Cooper asks Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi about her role and fight against the LGBT community. She has argue against Gay marriage and it’s said that if repeal it will not bring damage to LGBT community. She is an anti Gay republican who now is portraying herself as a friend of the gay community when she has never been except one that argues against the Homophobic State of Florida for any civil rights benefits that it’s citizens cold get or have received and the state has tried to take away. 

June 14, 2016

A Silence in the Muslim Community about the Gay Rights of the Victims


An Afghan-American Muslim walks into a gay club in Florida on Latin night during Pride Month. In my dreams, that is the beginning of another great story of remix, tolerance and coexistence that is possible only in America. In reality, it’s the start of a nightmare massacre fueled by hatred and perpetrated by a man from a group already scarred by a generation of suspicion and surveillance.

Whether Omar Mateen was a militant fighter financed by the Islamic State, a self-radicalized extremist or a lone wolf psychopath with a gun license, the distinction for committing the worst mass shooting in our history now belongs to an American Muslim.

After the attacks in Orlando early Sunday morning, many of my American Muslim friends began posting messages on Facebook about how frustrating it felt to go from the affirming images of the late Muhammad Ali to news of yet another terrorist attack. “He doesn’t represent us,” many wrote. “He can’t call himself a Muslim.” For many American Muslims, this kind of immediate condemnation and social media activism has become the first step in our symbiotic relationship with the news cycle. As the history of fellow minorities has taught us, retaliatory violence, exclusion and even internment are always possible in the American family and it’s best to try to get ahead of the curve.

But in this moment of hashtag solidarity, I hope we can also have some tough conversations about our limits. Accompanying those posts, I saw many gestures of solidarity and sympathy for the L.G.B.T. community. But behind those posts is a history of silence on gay rights.

A vigil in Seattle honoring the victims of the shooting in Orlando, Fla. Credit Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times, via Associated Press
For eight years, I was an editor and producer for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” It seemed as if each week featured an example of “Muslim” violence and with it an opportunity to bring more nuanced perspectives and context to the discussion. Through highlighting the voices of Muslim reformists and liberals, I felt optimistic about a generation that could bridge our widening divisions. But in my personal life, I was struggling in isolation with how to reconcile my own faith with my sexuality.

When I was growing up, there were no Muslim role models or blueprints for taking a different path to love. When it came to the breakthroughs for gay rights in the Obama era, even progressive Muslims were mostly ambivalent. An open letter by the religious scholar Reza Aslan and the comedian Hasan Minhaj supporting same-sex marriage prompted handwringing and arguments in my newsfeed. “Islam teaches us to be accepting but it is best for homosexuals to be celibate. What is wrong is wrong,” someone wrote.

For so many in the Muslim community, “traditional” marriage is a tenet of faith. Weddings, engagement parties and family picnics constitute our safe spaces. Although we’ve shared political goals like the protection of civil rights with L.G.B.T. activists in this age of terrorism, ours is not a natural or a deep alliance. More important, queer Muslims are marginalized if not simply invisible. In light of this weekend’s attacks, we can no longer afford this kind of superficial engagement.

No religion has a monopoly on homophobia. The track record of exclusion and outright abuse of gay men and women in the name of God is a depressing reality across faiths. But we cannot use those analogies to excuse our own shortcomings. Omar Mateen went on a rampage at a gay club out of hatred he attributed to his faith. He shot and massacred Americans for thriving in their safe space, for being among those they love and were loved by, and he did it during both Ramadan and a Pride Month that epitomizes self-love in the face of hate. The toxic cocktail of gun violence, unchecked mental illness and deranged ideology that propelled the massacre at Pulse is a threat to all Americans.

We must stand up against the anti-Muslim responses that come so easily in this current political climate. But for Muslims, this is also a moment to reflect more deeply on how we feel about living in a country where gay rights are central, where marriage equality is real and coexistence is the only way forward.

As I look at his narcissistic selfies and brooding poses on the cable news loop, I don’t know if Omar Mateen was mentally ill or just emotionally unhinged. I don’t know if it was the sight of two gay men kissing that infuriated him to the point of massacre. What I do know is that there will be more dark days to come if we don’t build the psychological, political and spiritual space within our communities to embrace the remixes that are possible only in this country.

By BILAL QURESHI who is a former editor and producer for NPR’s “All Things Considered”

June 13, 2016

Profile of Orlando Shooter and Details of Killings

Mateen's father told NBC News, "this has nothing to do with religion." Mir Seddique said his son got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago and thinks that may be related to the shooting.
"We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country,” Seddique said.
Seddique also said Mateen was a husband and father to a 3-year-old boy.

Mateen father seems to be very political and very Pro Taliban in Afghanistan. We currently have troops in Afghanistan giving support to the government against the Taliban which is the terrorist organization we fought there after 9/11 (adamfoxie)

Meet the Dad of Orlando Shooter and his Pro Taliban Show

A man who picked up the phone at Mateen's listed address, Mustafa Abasin, told NBC News: "We are in shock and we are sad." He would not explain how he knew the gunman, but added that he was aiding investigators.
Law enforcement sources told NBC News just before the attack began, the shooter called 911 and swore allegiance to ISIS. 

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., whose district includes the site of the shooting, suggested to reporters that "more likely than not" the massacre was ideologically motivated.
“Let me put it this way," Grayson said, "the nationality of family members is indicative."

The family’s background was not immediately clear, but Grayson said Mateen was a U.S. citizen.

The New York City Police Department said in a statement they are in contact with law enforcement authorities in Florida and the FBI as they closely monitor developments. “Meanwhile, the NYPD has placed our Patrol and Counter-terrorism resources, including CRC, SRG and ESU personnel, on alert pending further information.”

Officials previously said a gunman opened fire at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando around 2 a.m. A uniformed officer working at the nightclub exchanged gunfire with the shooter, who was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and a suspicious device.

"The officer engaged in a gun battle with that suspect. The suspect at some point went back inside the club and more shots were fired. This did turn into a hostage situation," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said during a news conference said.
The gunman was shot dead when a SWAT team entered the club, police said.

Mateen was rabidly anti gay as his fathers detailed his (Mateen) reaction when he saw two men kissing in Miami. He also expressed his disgust towards gays.
He was also prone to violence.

“He was not a stable person,” said the ex-wife, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared for her safety in the wake of the mass shooting. “He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.

He worked as a private security guard in Miami and held an associates degree in criminal justice from Indian River State College. He also possessed a Statewide Firearms License.

An FBI spokesman said the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism.
US citizen Mateen, who was shot dead by officers, entered the nightclub wielding an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun.

Writing on Facebook, Pulse urged party-goers to 'get out and keep running' as bullets started flying at around 2am local time.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the suspect exchanged gunfire with an officer working at the club around 2am, then went back inside and took hostages.
There were about 320 people inside the club at the time of the shootings and about 100 people were taken hostage.

At around 5am authorities sent in a SWAT team to rescue the hostages. Nine hero officers used a 'controlled explosion' to distract the shooter before fatally shooting him and were able to rescue about 30 hostages who were hiding in the bathroom of the club.
During the gunfire, an officer was shot, but he was saved by his helmet. (Daily Mail)

Meet the Dad of Orlando Shooter and his Pro Taliban tvShow

The father of Omar Mateen, identified by police as the man behind the carnage at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, is an Afghan man who holds strong political views, including support for the Afghan Taliban.
Seddique Mateen, who has been referred to as Mir Seddique in early news reports, hosted the “Durand Jirga Show” on a channel called Payam-e-Afghan, which broadcasts from California. In it, the elder Mateen speaks in the Dari language on a variety of political subjects. Dozens of videos are posted on a channel under Seddique Mateen's name on YouTube. A phone number and post office box that are displayed on the show were traced back to the Mateen home in Florida. Mateen also owns a nonprofit organization under the name Durand Jirga, which is registered in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
In one video, Mateen expresses gratitude toward the Afghan Taliban, while denouncing the Pakistani government.
“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up,” he said. “Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.” 
The “Durand Line issue” is a historically significant one, particularly for members of the Pashtun ethnic group, whose homeland straddles the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Durand Line is that border. It is not clear whether the Mateens are Pashtun. The Afghan Taliban is mostly made up of Pashtuns.
The line was drawn as a demarcation of British and Afghan spheres of influence in 1893. The British controlled most of subcontinental Asia at the time, though some parts, including what is now Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, were only loosely held. The line was inherited as a border by Pakistan after its independence. Since it splits the Pashtun population politically, it is seen as a cause for their marginalization. Pashtuns are the largest ethnic group in most of eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan.
Pashtuns are also sometimes referred to as Pakhtuns, or Pathans.
Just hours before the Orlando shooting, Seddique Mateen posted a video on a Facebook page called Provisional Government of Afghanistan — Seddique Mateen. In it, he seems to be pretending to be Afghanistan's president, and orders the arrest of an array of Afghan political figures.
"I order national army, national police and intelligence department to immediately imprison Karzai, Ashraf Ghani, Zalmay Khalilzad, Atmar, and Sayyaf. They are against our countrymen, and against our homeland,” he says, while dressed in army fatigues.

June 12, 2016

Orlando Gay Night Club Shooter (Video Account)

What we know about the Orlando mass shooting suspect Omar Mateen


Worse Shooting in US History (Orlando, FL)

 Shooting Witness: At First It Sounded Like The Music 2:09
It was toward the end of the night at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, when club-goer Christopher Hansen had taken his first sip from a drink and heard a sharp noise ring out in succession. He thought it was part of the song until people started crumpling onto the dance floor. 
"I just saw bodies going down. Bang, bang, bang," he recalled to NBC News. 
The club was packed with about 300 people for Latin night at around 2 a.m. Sunday. Hansen said he didn't see the gunman — later identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen — but his first instinct was to get down and crawl away from the epicenter of the shooting, as some 20 or 30 shots rung out. 
"People stomped on me ... I was zig-zagging just in case because you could still hear the bullets going off," he said. "I was terrified. I was in shock." 
 Shooting Survivor Describes Escaping Nightclub After Massacre 11:04
He was already near the exit when he crawled past the bathroom and made it outside to relative safety. There were people bleeding. A man who didn't speak English had a bullet in his back and his pants were drenched in blood, Hansen said. 
He tore off his bandana and used it to suppress the bleeding. 
"I had just seen the movie 'The Conjuring 2'" before coming to the club, Hansen added. "To go from a horror movie to a real horror, it's just shocking." 
 Orlando club shooter's father speaks out 1:52
Police say Mateen killed at least 50 people and injured 50 others in what's being described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. 
A motive was still under investigation, although his family told NBC News he may have carried out the carnage after seeing two men kissing in Miami while with his wife and young son. 
Around 5 a.m., authorities sent in a SWAT team to rescue the club-goers who were being held hostage. 
Mateen, who officials say was carrying an AR-15-type rifle with large capacity magazines, was killed. 
Jackie Smith, who was inside the club, said two friends next to her were shot. 
"Some guy walked in and started shooting everybody. He had an automatic rifle, so nobody stood a chance," Smith told The Associated Press. "I just tried to get out of there." l to learn whether their loved ones were among the dead or wounded. 
Smith did not know the conditions of her friends and came out of the hospital and burst into tears. 
The wounded included one police officer who was shot and suffered injuries to his face, officials said. 
Jon Alamo said he was at the back of one of the club's rooms when a man holding a weapon came into the front of the room. 
"I heard 20, 40, 50 shots," Alamo said. "The music stopped." 
 Survivor Describes Escaping Nightclub After Mass Shooting11:04
Club-goer Rob Rick said the shooting started just before closing time. 
"Everybody was drinking their last sip," he said. 
He estimated more than 100 people were still inside when he heard shots, got on the ground and crawled toward a DJ booth. A bouncer knocked down a partition between the club area and an area in the back where only workers are allowed. Thus people inside were able to then escape through the back of the club. 
Hansen said he had moved to the Orlando area about two months ago, and was only expecting to have fun — not see the night descend into chaos. 
"There's sweat and blood, I know it's under my nails," he said. “This is just a tragic situation." 

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