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Orlando hero helps save bartender's life with his own shirt

Peter Doocy reports from Orlando, Florida

 

One of the clubgoers who escaped the massacre in Orlando early Sunday said he gave a man the shirt off his back to stop his bleeding, and prayed with him as they rushed to a hospital.

He later learned that his actions helped save a bartender's life.

Joshua McGill said as soon as he heard the shots, he and roommates bolted from one of the exits and hopped a fence. That's when he said he spotted the wounded man "limping around," so he pulled the man behind a car.

McGill described what he saw to ABC News. "I noticed he had been shot once in each arm... I took my shirt off, tied it around his first initial gunshot wound on his left arm. I took his shirt off, tied it around his other arm where the other gunshot wound was."

As the two of them raced through a parking lot to find medical help, McGill said he noticed the man had suffered a third gunshot wound, this one in the back. "I just applied as much pressure as I could."

On their way to the hospital, McGill finally learned the man's name: Rodney. He would find out later the man was a 27-year-old bartender at Pulse Nightclub.

McGill said he assured the bartender he'd be OK, and the two of them prayed together.

The bartender survived. McGill said he learned the bartender was in stable condition.

McGill posted on Facebook: "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 traumatized."

Investigators said the shooter killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others when he opened fire at the packed nightclub. Police said they killed him in a shootout hours after the siege got underway.