Fifteen of the people that Omar Mateen killed when he ambushed a gay nightclub in Orlando were in the bathrooms, and many of those murders occurred after police had the gunman cornered. In all, 49 people were slaughtered and 53 more were injured. Mateen reportedly moved between the two bathrooms, shooting people even after police had entered Pulse nightclub. Officials are still investigating the police response and hostage negotiations that took place over several hours that morning. According to The Wall Street Journal, survivors and family members of the victims have questioned why authorities didn’t raid the nightclub’s bathrooms more quickly. Officers entered the club about three hours before the hostages in the bathroom were rescued. “I just feel that with so many cops to one person, it should have been a little quicker,” said Albert Murray, whose 18-year-old daughter Akyra was killed in the women’s bathroom. During the early morning hours, Mateen had three phone calls with the crisis negotiators, and police believed he may have been armed with explosives. Authorities have said they rescued dozens of people from the club while Mateen was cornered in the bathroom. “I’m extremely proud of the heroic actions of our officers and I am very confident they saved many, many, many lives,” Police Chief John Mina has said.
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