Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Orlando club killer Omar Mateen wanted to spare black people as he carried out the country’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history, a survivor said Tuesday.
Patience Carter, 20, said she was hiding in a bathroom at Pulse nightclub as Mateen spoke to hostage negotiators over the phone.
When he hung up, he “started speaking in Arabic” and then asked, “Are there any black people in here?” Carter said, according to CBS News.
She was too scared to speak up, but someone else in the bathroom did respond.
“I don’t have a problem with black people,” Mateen reportedly said. “This is about my country. You guys suffered enough.”
Carter, who was visiting Orlando with a friend’s family, recounted the terrifying final minutes she spent holed up in the restroom.
Police shouted to survivors, telling them to move away from the walls so they could blast a hole through the bathroom — but before they could be freed, Mateen executed another three people.
One of the dead was a stranger who shielded her from Mateen’s bullets, she said.
“He wasn’t going to stop killing people till he was killed,” she told reporters from Florida Hospital Orlando, where she’s recovering.
Carter’s friend, Akyra Murray, died in the massacre, while another pal, Tiara Parker, made it out alive.