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Student nurse saves man in Orlando Pulse club shooting

Joshua McGill's quick thinking saved life of man shot multiple times
Orlando, Florida vigil

A nursing student caught up in the Orlando nightclub massacre has been hailed a hero for saving the life of a wounded man.

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images A memorial at the vigil outisde the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida for victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings .

Joshua McGill used the shirt off his own back to stem the bleeding of a barman who was shot multiple times in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the packed lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) club in the early hours of Sunday, leaving 49 people dead and dozens wounded.

After hearing shots, Mr McGill fled the club and hid behind a car in the car park.

It was then he saw Rodney Sumter, who had been shot in the back and in both arms.

A nursing student caught up in the Orlando nightclub massacre has been hailed a hero for saving the life of a wounded man.


Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
A memorial at the vigil outisde the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida for victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings
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Joshua McGill used the shirt off his own back to stem the bleeding of a barman who was shot multiple times in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the packed lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) club in the early hours of Sunday, leaving 49 people dead and dozens wounded.

After hearing shots, Mr McGill fled the club and hid behind a car in the car park.

It was then he saw Rodney Sumter, who had been shot in the back and in both arms.

‘I tied my shirt and his shirt over his wounds to stop the bleeding and got him secretly to the nearest police officer who then transported us to the emergency room,’ said Mr McGill, a nursing student at Valencia College in Orlando.

‘Words cannot and will not describe the feeling of that…being covered in blood.’

Mr McGill then travelled in the back of a police car to a nearby hospital with Mr Sumter, who later underwent surgery.

He added: ‘It was crazy and a traumatic experience. I'm thankful I got away safe and a lot of other people I know and care about did as well.’

Among those killed in the shooting was pharmacy technician and aspiring nurse Amanda Alvear.

Footage taken by Ms Alvear inside the club and shared online by her brother ends with the sound of gunfire in the background.

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