Marine Veteran Imran Yousuf Heroically Saved 70 Lives In The Orlando Shooting

Marine veteran Imran Yousuf is being hailed as a hero for saving dozens of lives during the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning.

Yousuf, a 24-year-old bouncer at Pulse, was busy making his rounds and preparing to close the bar just after last call when he heard the first gunshots, he told CBS News.

“That was a shock. Three or four shots go off and you could tell it was a high-caliber,” Yousuf said. “Everyone froze. I’m here in the back, and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway and they just sardine-pack everyone.”

He instinctively realized the only way out of the club was through a single door in the back hallway.


“And I’m screaming ‘Open the door! Open the door!’ And no one is moving because they are scared,” he explained. “There was only one choice. Either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch a we got everyone that we can out of there.”

He explained there were “probably over 60, 70” people that were able to escape through the door. “As soon as people found that door was open they kept pouring out and after that we just ran,” he explained.

“I wish I could have saved more to be honest,” he said through tears. “There are a lot of people that are dead …there are a lot of people that are dead.”

Yousuf told CBS News he hadn’t fully processed all the lives lost on Sunday morning. But, once he began to talk about the tragedy, the tears kept coming.

Sunday’s massacre claimed the lives of 49 victims and injured 53 before the gunman was killed by Orlando police officers.