‘I’m gonna die. Mommy I love you’: desperate texts of Orlando shooting victim
A mother has recounted the last text she received from her terrified son after a gunman opened fire inside a Florida nightclub early Sunday.
Mina Justice was outside the club trying to contact her 30-year-old son Eddie Justice, who texted her when the shooting happened and asked her to call police.
He told her he ran into a bathroom with other club patrons to hide and then wrote ‘he’s coming.’
‘The next text said: “He has us, and he’s in here with us,”‘ Mina Justice said. ‘That was the last conversation.’
Screen captures from WFTV appearing to showing the messages between the mother and son showed Eddie had sent his mother a text saying ‘I love you’ before informing her there was a shooting taking place.
‘Mommy I love you. In the club they shooting,’ a text from Eddie Justice to his mother read.
‘U ok,’ she responded before her son wrote back ‘trapp (sic) in bathroom.’
His mother then asked which club he was in and asked him to call her.
‘Call them momm (sic). Now. I’m tell I’m bathroom. He’s coming. I’m gonna die,’ Eddie wrote.
His mother then responded: ‘They say stay them (sic) is anybody hurt. Which bathroom u in.’
Mina Justice said she was going through hell as she stood outside the nightclub waiting to learn more information regarding the shooting.
She told WOFL her son Eddie told her he was being held hostage inside a women’s bathroom and that he was going to die.
‘I think it’s all of them in the bathroom. I could hear a lot of people crying,’ she told the station as she recalled a phone conversation with her son.
The worried mother-of-three said she did not know if her son was okay or how many other people were with him inside the bathroom. At this time, his condition is not known.
She mentioned she heard at the time that there were two shooters involved and that people were hurt.
When asked how her son sounded, she responded: ‘Bad, just afraid he’s gonna die.’
The mother told WOFL that at one point during her correspondence with Eddie, she made him get off the phone with her and text instead while she asked him questions because he was fearful he was going look at the shooter and get shot.
‘He [Eddie] said, “He has us and he’s fixin to kill us. That was it,”‘ the mother told the station.
A Muslim terrorist wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
At least 53 people were hospitalized, most in critical condition, officials said. A surgeon at Orlando Regional Medical Center said the death toll was likely to climb.
Mayor Buddy Dyer said all of the dead were killed with the assault rifle. “There’s blood everywhere,” Dyer said.