ORLANDO, Fla. — As the investigation into the Florida mass shooter reveals new details about his background and motivation, the city of Orlando is rallying behind the victims, many of whom are still recovering from the physical wounds and trauma.
Early Sunday morning, trauma surgeons at Orlando Regional Medical Center were standing by, but admit they had no idea what was coming.
“We didn’t know quite what was about to hit us,” said Dr. Gary Parrish.
Tuesday morning, many of those surgeons re-lived those tense hours following the deadly attack.
“The patients just starting coming. One came, and another came, and another came,” said Dr. Chadwick Smith.
Angel Colon is one of those patients. Sharing his story, it is clear he is lucky to be alive.
“By the glory if god he shoots toward my head but it hits my hand, and then he shoots me again and it hits the side of my hip. I had no reaction, I was just prepared to just stay there, laying down, so he wouldn’t know I’m alive,” Colon said.
Officials are learning more about the man responsible for the massacre. Security officials at Disney have told the FBI they believe a the shooter visited Disney World in April to conduct reconnaissance.
“There’s a chance he looked at the security around the facility, compared it to something he might have seen in a place like what’s standing behind us and said, wow, this one – bigger target, bigger bang – much tougher, can’t do it,” said Philip Mudd, a CNN counter-terrorism analyst.
As the portrait of the gunman becomes clearer, for the victims what matters now is healing. and offering thanks to those who saved their lives.
“If it wasn’t for you guys, I definitely wouldn’t be here. Every morning, middle of the night, the afternoon, you guys are always there, and I really appreciate that,” said Colon.