ORLANDO, Fla. (NEWS10) – A Pulse nightclub bouncer, a 2010 Niskayuna High School graduate, saved dozens of people’s lives during the shooting at the club.
Imran Yousuf, a 24-year-old Hindu, served as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan. He ended up saving dozens of lives early Sunday morning.
After making last call, he barely missed coming face to face with Omar Mateen.
As the gunfire began going off, people began pouring into a back hallway. Imran knew that safety was beyond a door at the end of that hallway.
‘Open the door! Open the door!’ And no one is moving because they are scared,” he told CBS News. “There was only one choice. Either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch a we got everyone that we can out of there.”
After getting the door opened, more than 50 or 60 people went through that door.
Imran’s brother Ameer says he also carried out many victims and made sure they go the care they needed.
Principal John Rickert says what he remembers most about Imran was he believed in doing service above himself.
“I think he really came into a situation where he responded according to his training and according to his character and makeup. That’s what I think led him to take the steps that he took.”
Rickert says Imran was a student who excelled in science and technology. He says during his recent visit with the school, he wanted to become a motivational speaker.
Now Rickert says he will have plenty of stories to tell.
NEWS10 ABC’s Lauren Linder says Imran is emotionally drained after what happened. He also says he wishes he could have saved more people.