A journalist always, always keeps the phone on and nearby.
Stewart Moore, a reporter at the Orlando NBC affiliate, WESH, learned that lesson last year, June 12th, just after 2 a.m.
“I was heading home and got off the interstate and got a text message from a law enforcement friend that said if you are awake we have 20 people who have just been shot inside a nightclub and the gunman is active and possibly wearing a bomb.”
Moore called the station he works for and said he needed them to call every person on staff that would pick up.
Less than an hour after that Stewart Moore was at Pulse nightclub.
“I was there so early that I was still seeing the panic, could see the fear not only in the police officers eyes but also people walking down the streets and it was just the adrenaline rushing in but the panic was still there and we didn't know what was going to happen next.”
No one knew what was next because gunshots were still going on inside.
Stewart had to run, on live television, up and down the street to find safety and answers.
Neither was coming definitively.
At 5:01 a.m., he would go on the air collected enough to begin to report the facts only to be jolted back into the terror.
“Right at that time, a bomb blew up. Unbeknownst to me, it was police blowing up the wall so they could get in there (Pulse) and end it. I knew from contacts they feared he (the shooter) was wearing a bomb vest so for me it was s scary moment because I wasn't 100% sure that wasn't a bomb vest or a bomb in a car that was going to harm more people,” Moore said.
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