American Injured in Turkey Nightclub Calls Attack 'a Massive Tragedy'

Miranda GreerJan 03, 2017

The bullet entered his hip and traveled down to his knee, where it was lodged.

Jake Raak is taken to hospital early Sunday. "I was with nine people, seven of us were shot", Raak told NBC News. "I was shot when I was already on the ground".

A DE businessman who was wounded during a deadly shooting rampage in Turkey said Monday he was partying in the New Year with friends when the club exploded in gunfire.

Jake Raak, one of 60 people injured in the attack that killed 39 people, said the gunman was targeting people who were lying on the floor like him. These insane people came in shooting everything.

"When he shot me I didn't move - I just let him shoot me", Aaak said.

The gunman shot and killed 24 men and 15 women during the 10-minute attack and fired 120 rounds, according to police.

Mr Raak told NBCNews he pretended to be dead as the gunman prowled through the club.

"Everyone's just happy he's alive and getting home pretty quickly", Michael said. "I took a bullet".

"We were setting up for New Year's and then I got the phone call", Michael said. "When he shot me, I didn't move".

"I was probably the luckiest person in the whole thing", he said.

Authorities were Monday engaged in an global manhunt for the suspect, who fled the scene after the shooting.

Visitors to the Turkish city of Istanbul over the past decades have discovered a highly Westernized country with modern nightclubs and relative freedom from the restrictions imposed in many nearby countries.

William Jacob Raak, a small business owner from Greenville, Delaware, and originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, was visiting Istanbul with his friends, his brother told NBC Philadelphia. "This was a massacre, a truly inhuman savagery".

Canadian, Iraqi, Saudi, Indian, Lebanese, Tunisian, Kuwaiti and Syrian citizens are among the dead.

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