Because so many people were lying on the dance floor, one rescuing officer was forced to demand, "[I]f you're alive, raise your hand.", police had managed to extract nearly all of the injured from the nightclub.Those who remained included the hostages held by Mateen in the bathroom, as well as a dozen people who were hiding inside dressing rooms.They then used two flashbangs to distract Mateen, and shot at him.
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A bartender said she took cover beneath the glass bar.
At least one patron tried to help those who were hit.
Pulse was hosting a "Latin Night" and thus most of the victims were Latinos. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in the U.
It is the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U. S., being surpassed the following year by the Las Vegas shooting.