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Witnesses describe terror at nightclub massacre

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-12 23:43:49-04

There was chaos, confusion, scenes of terror.

"Just screaming and crying of help," says Janiel Gonzalez who was at the Pulse Nightclub.

Police say it all began at 2am Sunday morning. Officers say 29 year old Omar Mateen armed with a legally purchased AR-15 Rifle and a handgun stormed into the club.

That's when Gonzalez heard it.

"All you hear is gun shots. I was like this has to be some kind of hate crime."

More than 300 people were inside the club. Gonzalez says everyone was running frantically, trying to find a way out.

"We're all crawling on the floor trying to find a place to exit."

An off-duty officer working at the nightclub, responded and it turned quickly into a hostage situation.

During the next three hours police were in contact with Mateen and some of the hostages. At 5 am officers made the decision to rush in.

In an exchange of gunfire, the Mateen is now dead.

Now Gonzalez wonders what happened to his friends who were inside, "I am still missing two friends, I have two friends that are injured with bullet wounds, you know a place that we normally go to hang out and have fun."