There have been many stories from victims at the Orlando shooting massacre. One victim, Patience Carter, explains what the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, said to the police and all the black people around her along with her best friend, Tiara Parker, 20, and Parker’s cousin, Akyra Murray, 18, when the attack began.. Watch the video below.
She says that Mateen made numerous statements in the bathroom, striking up conversation multiple times. From her account, he was frustrated that people were using their phones and demanded people turn them off. He told Parker and others that he did not “have a problem with Black people,” that he thought they “have suffered enough,” and he was “doing this to get America to stop bombing his country.”
Carter was ready to die.
“I made peace with God within myself. I said, ‘God, if this is how I have to go, please take me, I just don’t want any more shots … I didn’t want to feel any more pain,” she said.
Police eventually hauled Carter and Parker into an ambulance. They are both in stable condition.
She says she is heavily burdened with guilt because her life was spared, while others were not. She expressed herself through poetry as a way to cope.