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

PHOTO: People carry William Jacob Raak, 35, a Delaware business owner originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, on a stretcher as he returns back home at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Jan. 2, 2017. PlayFaik Kaptan/AP Photo
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The American who was injured in the shooting rampage at an Istanbul nightclub told Turkish reporters today that he was part of a group of about nine people at the a New Year's Eve celebration at the club and that seven of them had been shot.

PHOTO: Jacob Raak is seen in this undated family photo. Raak Family
Jacob Raak is seen in this undated family photo.

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Jacob Raak, who spoke to reporters while on a gurney at an airport in Istanbul, also seemed to allude to the fact that Americans don't live with a daily concern about terror attacks in the same way as people in Turkey.

"All I can say is it's a massive tragedy. This is very unfortunate," Raak told Turkish reporters. "I wake up in the United States, I eat breakfast. You guys wake up and have to think of this. It's so, so sad."

         
              
                     
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Raak, whose family had earlier identified him as a 35-year-old small business owner from Greenville, Delaware, according to ABC station WPVI in Philadelphia, went to the Reina nightclub while on vacation in Turkey.

He was shot in the leg, his brother, Michael, told WPVI. The brother said the bullet may have struck Raak's cellphone, possibly preventing a more serious injury.