A nursing student who was at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub when the mass shooting happened early Sunday morning reveals how he had managed to rescue another man who got shot amidst the chaos.
26-year-old Joshua McGill who studies nursing at Valencia College told CBS that he was trying to escape the nightclub when he came across another man who had been shot.
McGill said that he was hiding under a SUV in the car park when he heard someone making noises.
Then he found Rodney who was wounded on both arms as well as his back.
McGill used his own shirt as a makeshift tourniquet to try to stop the bleeding while comforting the man.
When the situation appeared to be safe for a run, McGill took Rodney with him across the street to the safety parameter set up by the police.
Both of them were then sent to a nearby hospital in a police car with McGill continuing to apply pressure to Rodney’s wounds throughout the ride.
McGill has also posted an account on his Facebook:
‘There was a very tragic thing that happened tonight. Thoughts and prayers for everyone at Pulse or that know anyone that was at pulse. It was very crazy and a traumatic experience. I’m very thankful I got away safe and a lot of other people I know and care about did as well. I hid under a car and found one of the victims that was shot. I tied my shirt and his shirt over his wounds to stop the bleeding and got him secretly to the nearest officer who then transported us to the ER. Words cannot and will not describe the feeling of that. Being covered in blood.. Trying to save a guys life that I don’t even know regardless that I’m fine.. just traumatised. The things I had to say to the guy and make promises I didn’t know I would be able to keep or not to keep him conscious while holding him as tight as I could and blood everywhere on me. Saying a prayer for him and letting him know I will be here waiting for him. It sucks because all I got was his name and I can’t even see if he’s okay because I’m not related. If anyone knows of a guy named Rodney that was shot and injured tonight.. Please let me know he is okay. I felt God put me at the club and made me stay behind to help a complete stranger. For whatever reason that may be.. I don’t know, but I do know it was hopefully to save his life. Maybe God be with us all in this time of need.’
Some Facebook users have identified the man whom McGill saved as Rodney Sumter, a dancer and bartender from Jacksonville, Florida.
A couple of netizens have also pointed out that Rodney’s name was called in a video posted on Facebook in which the names of the casualties were being announced at a hospital.
From the video, Rodney was said to be in stable condition.
Friends of Rodney have reached out to McGill to thank him for his act of selfless bravery.