''I don't even know how I'm alive today,'' says Orlando massacre survivor Angel Carter, as he tells his story from a Florida hospital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Orlando nightclub shooting survivors Angel Santiago and Patience Carter, both of whom found themselves hiding from the bullets in restrooms, tell their stories during a press conference at Florida Hospital Orlando, Tuesday (June 14). Both were hit. "I was bleeding. My friend Jeff was bleeding a lot. I was on the ground in a pool of blood. I wasn't sure whose it was but I felt like it was my friend's Jeff," said Santiago. "I don't even know how I'm alive today." Carter wrote a poem about the guilt of being alive. "We just went from having the time of our lives to the worst night of our lives all within a matter of minutes," Carter said. U.S. law enforcement officials are investigating reports that the man who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando may have been gay himself, but not openly so, two officials said on Tuesday, with one describing the massacre as a possible "self-hate crime." Omar Mateen, who was shot dead by police after a three-hour standoff early on Sunday, left behind a tangled trail of possible motives. He also called police during his rampage to voice allegiance to various militant Islamist groups. Federal investigators have said Mateen was likely self-radicalised and there is no evidence that he received any instruction or aid from outside groups such as Islamic State. Mateen, 29, was a U.S. citizen, born in New York of Afghan immigrant parents. Mateen's wife attempted to talk him out of the attack, MSNBC reported on Tuesday, citing officials familiar with her comments to the FBI. President Barack Obama has called the attack a case of "homegrown extremism." He has also called it both a terrorist act and a hate crime - or one targeting a specific community. The attack on the Pulse nightclub in the central Florida city was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and the worst attack on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.