Survivor recounts Orlando massacre

Norman Casiano was released from the hospital Monday after the mass shooting that left 50 people dead in Orlando.

Casiano was shot twice, once in the side and once in the back.

He was in the bathroom of the nightclub and had to climb over bodies to get out.

After he heard the gun shots, Casiano crawled to a nearby bathroom stall where others were already hiding.

“We closed the door and we all just started huddling together for safety. At that moment in time you hear the gunshots getting closer and closer and closer and that’s just when were all like ‘This is real. This is really happening,'” said Casiano.

Casiano says one person’s screams drew the attention of the gunman, Omar Mateen, who then focused in on the stall.

During the rampage, Casiano says Mateen didn’t say a word, but offered another reaction to the horror that was unfolding inside the club.

“Once he shot him, he laughed… And that’s something that’s imprinted in my head for the rest of my life. I’ve literally been in the hospital for two days trying to sleep and one of the first things I hear when I close my eyes are guns, bullets hitting the floor, and just that laugh. It wasn’t like a multiple laugh, it’s like a villain in a movie. It was like a laugh of satisfaction like I’m doing what I came here to do,” said Casiano.

He says he estimates that 20 to 30 people were hiding in that stall and that some of the people in there did not survive.

 

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