Omar Mateen said the slaughter of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 was because the U.S. ‘bombed his country,’ according to Patience Carter, a survivor of the massacre. She also revealed why Omar decided to spare her life after murdering so many others.
All Patience Carter, 20, wanted to do was going dancing at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Yet, Omar Mateen, 29, turned a night of fun in to a horrific tragedy the young survivor will never forget. While speaking about that terrifying event, Patience revealed what Omar said while committing his terrible rampage!
“He said the reason why he was doing this is he wanted America to stop bombing his country,” Patience said while speaking to reporters from Florida Hospital Orlando on June 14, according to Us Weekly. She and her friends tried hiding in the nightclub’s bathroom during the June 12 killing, but Omar entered and proceeded to shoot her in both legs. Omar then made his 911 call, telling the operator that this slaughter was revenge for America attacking Afghanistan (the country where both his parents are from.)
After hanging up, Omar reportedly asked, “Are there any black people in here,” according to Patience. While she was too frightened to speak, another black person answered him. “I don’t have a problem with black people,” Omar reportedly said. “This is about my country. You guys suffered enough.” Omar was also reportedly a Pulse regular and he also had a profile on a gay dating app. The violent man allegedly hated seeing “two men kissing,” according to his father, Mir Seddique, and that was initially thought to be the motivation for his deadly homophobic attack.
Omar, according to Patience, reportedly had multiple conversations with the remaining hostages inside the bathroom until the police blew open the bathroom wall and opened fire on the shooter. Omar managed to kill three more people, including someone standing in front of Patience. “If it wasn’t for that person shielding me,” she said, “it would’ve been me shot and I wouldn’t be sitting here today.”
“We went from having the time of our lives to the worst night of our lives in a matter of minutes,” Patience said. Another victim of the attack, Angel Colon, claimed that Omar was “heartless” and “ruthless,” and that the shooter was “enjoying” his murder spree. Angel even said that after Omar shot him, the killer came back to fire at him for a second time. “I don’t know how,” Angel said,” “[but] by the grace of God, I survived.”
Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the Orlando shooting victims during this time of mourning.