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Midlands family says member was wounded in Orlando shooting

Rodney Sumter (Source: The Sumter Family) Rodney Sumter (Source: The Sumter Family)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Midlands residents say a member of their family was among those wounded in the mass shooting that killed 49 people before the gunman was fatally wounded by police in Orlando over the weekend. 

Rodney Sumter, who lives in Orlando, was bartending for the first time at Club Pulse when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American Muslim, marched into the club and opened fire.

RELATED: See photos from the scene of the shooting in Orlando.

Sumter's family still lives in the Midlands and says he was shot twice in the arm and once in the back. Sumter managed to escape thanks to another club patron and a police officer.

That other club patron, who identifies himself as Joshua McGill on Facebook, told his story.

Sumter, meanwhile, was released from surgery. His condition is not currently known.

"We just ask that they keep all the families in prayer," the family said in a statement. "Pray for all involved especially the nurses, doctors and surgeons. Prayer changes things and the only thing sustaining us at this time. We find comfort and peace in knowing that 'the joy of the Lord is our strength.'"

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