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‘People are getting killed. Call me now’

Ivory and Jack Mcneal Image copyright Jack Mcneal
Image caption Ivory Mcneal (left) was at the nightclub when a gunman opened fire. Husband Jack heard the news from the UK.

Ivory Mcneal was at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, when a gunman killed at least 49 people and injured 53 in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history.

He sent these texts to his husband Jack, in the UK, as the gunman entered the club.

Image copyright Jack Mcneal
Image caption Texts between Ivory and Jack as gunman enters Orlando club
Image copyright Jack Mcneal
Image caption More of the couple's text messages

Jack says: "I'm in UK at the moment - but I live in Florida, and I would normally have gone to Pulse nightclub with my husband if it wasn't for my sister's 30th birthday.

"At 02:00 local time I got a text from Ivory.

"He said, 'They are shooting everybody.'

"We spoke on the phone whilst he hid behind a palm tree.

"I heard gunshots for five to 10 minutes.

"I am still in shock.

"Six of his friends died.

"I knew them too.

"I could have been killed if I had been there."

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Media captionIvory Mcneal took this mobile-phone footage outside the club after his escape

"Ivory's best friend, also a survivor, was in the bathroom as the gunman approached.

"He had to break the toilet to hide behind it.

"At 02:45 local time Ivory got out and he was home at 03:30.

"He didn't sleep at all on Sunday.

"Ivory's mother is with him now."

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