In Paris just hours ago, there were multiple terrorist related acts of violence leaving a death toll around 35 at this time and around 100 hostages. Reportedly, two suicide bombers detonated their bombs; one near the Stade de France where a stadium full of innocent bystanders were watching a soccer game between French and German national teams. A gunman walked into a Cambodian restaurant, the Petit Cambodge and opened fire armed with a shotgun killing about 12 people in the bar section. The restaurant was located near a mall. In law enforcement we commonly refer to attacks like these as ‘soft targets’ where innocent bystanders are likely to be in large numbers similar to a school massacre and typically target women and children. There were more than 100 hostages taken to to the Bataclan, a concert hall where a concert was being played by rock band. The fate of the hostages is unknown at this time. President Francois Hollande to order the entire nation’s borders closed to anyone leaving or coming into Paris.
“There are lots of dead people. It’s pretty horrific to be honest. I was at the back of the bar. I couldn’t see anything. I heard gunshots. People dropped to the ground. We put a table over our heads to protect us.”
— Unidentified witness at the Petit Cambodge
Other witness accounts reported that the gunman yelled out that he was doing this for Syria.
“Several armed men came into the concert. Two or three men, not wearing masks, came in with what looked like Kalashnikovs and fired blindly on the crowd. It lasted between 10 and 15 minutes. It was extremely violent and there was panic. The attackers had enough time to reload at least three times. They were very young.”
— Julien Pierce, a Europe reporter who was at the Bataclan during the incident
“I was told people in cars had opened fire on the bar. The gunshots fired … left the sight of six or seven bodies on the ground.”
— Ben Grant, an eyewitness who was with his wife when the gunfire began.
“Some [who] escaped, described pools of blood and attackers using a pump action shotgun against a crowd inside.”
— Economist columnist, Jeremy Cliffe
The US Department of Homeland Security is monitoring for any additional attacks or credible threats against the United States. President Obama took to a press conference stating that this was a ‘hateful vision.”
“This is an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on France, but an attack on all of humanity and the values that we share.”
— President Obama