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See A Timeline Of People Tweeting While Trapped Inside Kenya’s Westgate Mall

While in hiding, some people turned to Twitter to share their ordeal in real time, all while begging to be rescued.

2. When the shootout at the Westgate Mall first began, many inside were confused at what was happening.


Romana

@Thumbelinarh

Something really bad goin on at #Westgate. Gunshots!!!! Everyone’s fled.

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Mimo

@Ally_McMimz

Shoot out at westgate. Someone call cops

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Mimo

@Ally_McMimz

I dont know whats happening.

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Alot of GUNFIRE, AT WESTGATE!!! Where's the police???

— Thumbelinarh (@Romana)

Romana

@Thumbelinarh

Alot of GUNFIRE, AT WESTGATE!!! Where’s the police???

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7. Fear set in as those who had Twitter access gradually realized that there was an ongoing shootout.

I'm at westgate. Please pray.

— BeeeJayCeee (@Barbara.Chabbaga)

Barbara.Chabbaga

@BeeeJayCeee

I’m at westgate. Please pray.

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@ally_mcmimz I am in the upper parking... tell me it's safe

— githamboseti (@John Wangombe)

John Wangombe

@githamboseti

@ally_mcmimz I am in the upper parking… tell me it’s safe

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Shooting is still going on. Does anyone know if police are here? Were scared

— Ally_McMimz (@Mimo)

Mimo

@Ally_McMimz

Shooting is still going on. Does anyone know if police are here? Were scared

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We're hiding. Hearing gun shots in and outside the mall. Praying.

— BeeeJayCeee (@Barbara.Chabbaga)

Barbara.Chabbaga

@BeeeJayCeee

We’re hiding. Hearing gun shots in and outside the mall. Praying.

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Im under the matresses!!!!! This might be my last tweet #Westgate mall. :'( :'(

— ShirleyGhetto (@Shirley)

Shirley

@ShirleyGhetto

Im under the matresses!!!!! This might be my last tweet #Westgate mall. :’( :’(

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13. The gunfire would start and stop.

Shots have stopped. Lights at nakumatt are back on.

— Ally_McMimz (@Mimo)

Mimo

@Ally_McMimz

Shots have stopped. Lights at nakumatt are back on.

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More GUNSHOTS!!! God help us! #WestGate under attack!

— Thumbelinarh (@Romana)

Romana

@Thumbelinarh

More GUNSHOTS!!! God help us! #WestGate under attack!

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The shots are getting louder.

— Ally_McMimz (@Mimo)

Mimo

@Ally_McMimz

The shots are getting louder.

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Someone please tell us whats being reported. Were inside hiding

— Ally_McMimz (@Mimo)

Mimo

@Ally_McMimz

Someone please tell us whats being reported. Were inside hiding

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Shots still ongoing. Pls pray.

— BeeeJayCeee (@Barbara.Chabbaga)

Barbara.Chabbaga

@BeeeJayCeee

Shots still ongoing. Pls pray.

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With gunshots like the ones I'm hearin,...who will save us? #WestgateUnderAttack

— Thumbelinarh (@Romana)

Romana

@Thumbelinarh

With gunshots like the ones I’m hearin,…who will save us? #WestgateUnderAttack

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20. Hoping to get out, the people in hiding asked others to get help, even tweeting at Kenyan officials or media outlets.

Guys please alert cops. Were inside nakumatt westgate

— Ally_McMimz (@Mimo)

Mimo

@Ally_McMimz

Guys please alert cops. Were inside nakumatt westgate

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PLEASE SAVE US RT @CitizenTVNews: IG David Kimaiyo to issue a comprehensive statement as soon as he gets to the #WestgateMall

— Thumbelinarh (@Romana)

Romana

@Thumbelinarh

PLEASE SAVE US RT @CitizenTVNews: IG David Kimaiyo to issue a comprehensive statement as soon as he gets to the #WestgateMall

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Can someone from the police department tell us what the situation is at the #Westgate? We're holed up inside.

— Thumbelinarh (@Romana)

Romana

@Thumbelinarh

Can someone from the police department tell us what the situation is at the #Westgate? We’re holed up inside.

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@PoliceKE we have locked ourselves in the westgate store near 2nd floor parking. we need help

— githamboseti (@John Wangombe)

John Wangombe

@githamboseti

@PoliceKE we have locked ourselves in the westgate store near 2nd floor parking. we need help

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@KenyaRedCross inform police please

— githamboseti (@John Wangombe)

John Wangombe

@githamboseti

@KenyaRedCross inform police please

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26. From their hiding places, some of the people inside the mall said they could see the shooters.

There was a lady..very long hair in jeans shooting from 2nd floor.

— ethno_chic (@Andy)

Andy

@ethno_chic

There was a lady..very long hair in jeans shooting from 2nd floor.

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@Arthurnyoiks pray for us. Think I've spotted a couple of the alleged bandits. #WestgateUnderAttack.

— Thumbelinarh (@Romana)

Romana

@Thumbelinarh

@Arthurnyoiks pray for us. Think I’ve spotted a couple of the alleged bandits. #WestgateUnderAttack.

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The one guy I saw had magazines of bullets attached everywhere on him. Big gun that showered bullets. Randomly shooting at people. And kids.

— kamz26 (@ƸӜƷ Kamal Kaur ƸӜƷ)

ƸӜƷ Kamal Kaur ƸӜƷ

@kamz26

The one guy I saw had magazines of bullets attached everywhere on him. Big gun that showered bullets. Randomly shooting at people. And kids.

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30. Slowly, they began to be rescued.

We have been rescued by cops. Some guys are still inside #westgate

— Ally_McMimz (@Mimo)

Mimo

@Ally_McMimz

We have been rescued by cops. Some guys are still inside #westgate

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Guyyys!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They found me!!!!!!!!!!! #Westgate gejhg&$60-$*E

— ShirleyGhetto (@Shirley)

Shirley

@ShirleyGhetto

Guyyys!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They found me!!!!!!!!!!! #Westgate gejhg&$60-$*E

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Grateful to @KenyaRedCross whose MD came to personally rescue 33 of us in our hiding place at #westgate. A great company. Forever indebted

— BeeeJayCeee (@Barbara.Chabbaga)

Barbara.Chabbaga

@BeeeJayCeee

Grateful to @KenyaRedCross whose MD came to personally rescue 33 of us in our hiding place at #westgate. A great company. Forever indebted

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Today could have been 'that' day.. this is what I keep telling myself... getting myself to sleep is hard..I dunno, it's just hard.

— ethno_chic (@Andy)

Andy

@ethno_chic

Today could have been ‘that’ day.. this is what I keep telling myself… getting myself to sleep is hard..I dunno, it’s just hard.

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35. Though the ordeal is over for the survivors, they are just beginning their journey of recovering from what they saw.

Crying. And praying. I lay in a pool of someone's blood, a dead little boy lying on my side. Trying to call for help, keeping others calm.

— kamz26 (@ƸӜƷ Kamal Kaur ƸӜƷ)

ƸӜƷ Kamal Kaur ƸӜƷ

@kamz26

Crying. And praying. I lay in a pool of someone’s blood, a dead little boy lying on my side. Trying to call for help, keeping others calm.

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The lady hostage who was shot.I'm told she's a journalist. That scream was deafening. R.I.P #Westgate

— ShirleyGhetto (@Shirley)

Shirley

@ShirleyGhetto

The lady hostage who was shot.I’m told she’s a journalist. That scream was deafening. R.I.P #Westgate

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I still have dry blood in my hair. Not mine. It's of that little boy who was shot instead of my son...

— kamz26 (@ƸӜƷ Kamal Kaur ƸӜƷ)

ƸӜƷ Kamal Kaur ƸӜƷ

@kamz26

I still have dry blood in my hair. Not mine. It’s of that little boy who was shot instead of my son…

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I am out. Thank y'all for your prayers. That aint a scene you'd wish for even your worst enemy.

— Thumbelinarh (@Romana)

Romana

@Thumbelinarh

I am out. Thank y’all for your prayers. That aint a scene you’d wish for even your worst enemy.

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Image of the boy I was trying to save but got shot instead of my son keeps swimming in front of my eyes. How do I sleep after seeing that?

— kamz26 (@ƸӜƷ Kamal Kaur ƸӜƷ)

ƸӜƷ Kamal Kaur ƸӜƷ

@kamz26

Image of the boy I was trying to save but got shot instead of my son keeps swimming in front of my eyes. How do I sleep after seeing that?

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41. Elaine Dang, a San Diego woman, was seen being brought to safety from the mall.

Stringer / Reuters

43. She has since updated on social media that she is recovering in a hospital in Kenya.

I am recovering. Thank you for all the love and support - in Kenya and overseas. Terrorism knows no religion #onekenya #notabigtweeter

— eladang (@Elaine Dang)

Elaine Dang

@eladang

I am recovering. Thank you for all the love and support - in Kenya and overseas. Terrorism knows no religion #onekenya #notabigtweeter

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