Chris Milliron usually went to Pulse on Saturday nights
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Life-saving choices: How some missed a massacre

In the hours before the mass shooting in Orlando, the city's LGBT community was enjoying a relaxing Saturday and making social plans for the evening. And yet for various reasons, big and small, a number of would-be patrons were not at Pulse that fateful night. The BBC's Matt Danzico and Franz Strasser spoke to some who missed the massacre.

In the hours before Omar Mateen opened fire on an Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people and igniting an international outcry, the city's LGBT community was enjoying the gentle rhythms of a typical Florida Saturday.

Sleeping late, meeting up with friends -- and of course, making social plans for the evening -- were all part of the norm.

And yet for any number or reasons, big and small, a number of would-be patrons were not at the club on that fateful night.

The BBC's Matt Danzico and Franz Strasser caught up with a group of friends who have their own reasons for missing the massacre.

Filmed and edited by Matt Danzico and Franz Strasser.