But he said the door was blocked by a man. He wasn’t sure if it was a club security person or an accomplice to the gunmen.
“Fifty people were trying to jump over each other trying to exit the place. There was a guy holding the door and not letting us exit. He’s like ‘Stay inside, stay inside.’ As he is saying that, the shooter keeps getting closer and closer and the sound of the bullets is getting closer. Everyone starts to panic. People are getting trampled. Let us out, let us out!’’’
Gonzalez’ first thought was that it was a hate crime. “This guy is trying to prevent us from leaving. Maybe they’re working together,’’ he said.
…“I’m pretty sure it was more than one person. I heard two guns going at the same time. It was very, very crazy.’’
There were other reports that the shooter battled an off-duty police officer as the incident started. That leaves open the question of who was blocking the door?
An off-duty, uniformed Orlando police officer engaged in gunfire with Mateen near the entrance, Mina said.