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Marine Vet's Actions at Pulse Nightclub Saved Dozens of Lives

Imran Yousuf

Marine veteran Imran Yousuf's quick thinking saved more than 60 lives on Sunday.

Marine veteran Imran Yousuf was working as a bouncer the night of the terrorist attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. When the first shots were fired, his quick thinking saved dozens of lives from joining Sunday's death toll.

After the first shots were fired, Yousuf explained to CBS News:

Everyone froze. I'm here in the back and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway, and they just sardine pack everyone.

He made the snap decision to take a risk and unlatch a back door that guests might not have known existed.

I'm screaming "Open the door! Open the door!" And no one is moving because they are scared. There was only one choice. Either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance and get shot, and I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we got everyone we could out of there.

Yousuf explained that around 60 or 70 people survived because of his decision to open the door.

I wish I could have saved more to be honest. There are a lot of people that are dead ...there are a lot of people that are dead.

Watch the full interview below.

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