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American Injured in Istanbul Shooting Played Dead to Avoid Being Shot Again

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By    |   Monday, 02 Jan 2017 04:27 PM

The American injured in the deadly Istanbul nightclub terrorist attack during a New Year's Eve party Monday told reporters he faked his death to avoid being shot again. He was on the floor when he was shot in the hip, NBC News reported.

At least 39 people died and 70 were injured at Reina nightclub. Fifteen of the dead were foreigners.

"Somebody said that there were shots fired, and I initially did not believe it until I saw the gunman, and he started shooting up the whole place," William Jacob Raak, a Delaware business owner, said. "He was walking on the bench above my head when my head was underneath. When he shot me, I didn't move. I just let him shoot me."

ISIS took responsibility for the attack, which started at around 1:15 a.m. when a gunman walked into the packed nightclub and started shooting people with a "long-range" weapon. Turkish police said they detained eight people in connection with the shooting. The gunman, an unidentified male, is still on the loose.

Raak, 35, was with nine people in the club. He said seven were shot. The businessman was visiting friends in Istanbul and celebrating his birthday.

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The American injured in the deadly Istanbul nightclub terrorist attack during a New Year's Eve party Monday told reporters he faked his death to avoid being shot again. He was on the floor when he was shot in the hip, NBC News reported.
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