Friday night, while people were enjoying a beautiful night out in Paris and evil was lurking to attack. Around 9:20 p.m. outside the Stade de France, France’s national stadium, where a friendly match between France and Germany was taking place, the first explosion was set. It was the first in a night of violence that would take the lives of 127 people who were in the area of Paris that is similar to of Broadway in New York City.
There were 6 separate attacks on Paris last night with the most injuries and deaths taking place at the Le Bataclan concert venue where the American band Eagles of Death Metal were scheduled to play. The venue holds about 1500 people and according to those familiar with the area, the venue sold out and there may have been more in standing room only areas of the club. When the first shots rang out, the crowd tried to disperse, but it happened all too quickly. In an interview with an eye witness, Juilien Perce of Paris, he stated that “There were 2 maybe 3 when they started shooting at us, they were shooting at us as we laid on the floor, and it was a bloodbath.”
As Perce speaks you can still hear the fear and terror in his voice. He speaks English well but he had to stop, then take breaks between words as he searches for the best way to explain the unexplained. He continues, “I escaped when they reloaded. They just kept shooting. As people laid they one of the shooters who was only about 18 hardly talked and just kept spraying bullets at all of us on the floor. I was at the front of the scene, so I protected somewhat, we waited, we tried to hide, we waited for them to reloaded then we run, run to the exit, there I found the body of a young girl, she was bleeding bad, I grabbed her and took her with me out the door. I got a taxi to take her to the hospital. I don’t know if she is alive or not.” He still does not know if the woman he picked up to rescue survived the devastation.
Family members and friends of the American band that was playing at the Le Bataclan, were equally as anxious to have news on how the band was. The twitter account for the band posted, “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.” Later in the evening it was confirmed that the band, Jesse Hughes, Matt McJunkins and Dave Catching did in fact escape the carnage. Hughes brother, David Ian Hughes took to twitter to say, “Jesse Hughes is ok. I spoke to him about an hour ago. The band is ok too. I hold out hope that as many people as possible make it out ok, as well. As the situation is still developing, I cannot say much else.”
Besides the stadium and the concert venue the terrorist also attacked Le Carillon, a restaurant in the 10th Arrondissement (district), which is northeast of the city center where they opened fire on diners there. Minutes later the terrorists then went across the street, the gunmen crossed the street to Le Petit Cambodge, a Cambodian restaurant. It is reported that 14 people died in the attacks at the two restaurants. According to CNN, next came the attack a few streets south, as bullets were sprayed on diners at La Casa Nostra, a pizzeria. “There were at least five bodies around me and blood everywhere,” a witness told French media. About 10 minutes later, at the Belle Equipe, was attacked. According to witnesses who spoke to CNN “It lasted at least three minutes,” one witness said. “Then they got back in their car.” Eighteen people are reported to have died. In toll, the evening of bloodshed ended with the deaths of over 120 people and over 300 injured with injuries.