A French radio reporter who was inside the Bataclan concert hall offered a horrifying account to CNN of the moments when masked gunmen entered and randomly fired into the crowd with automatic weapons.
“I’ve seen two terrorists from my point of view with AK-47s entering the concert room and firing randomly into the crowd,” Julien Pearce said. “People yelled and screamed.”
Dozens were said to be dead in terror attacks that unfolded across Paris.
Pearce told CNN that at the concert hall the gunmen reloaded their weapons several times in a calm manner.
“It lasted for 10 minutes. 10 minutes. 10 horrific minutes where everyone was on the floor covering their heads,” he said. “We heard so many gunshots. And the terrorists were very calm…and they reloaded three to four times their weapons. They didn’t shout anything. They didn’t say anything. They were in masks. They were wearing black clothes.”
“And they were shooting at people on the floor. And I was luckily at the top of the stage. The front of the stage. So people tried to escape…and I found an exit when the terrorists reloaded their guns. And I climbed on the stage and we found an exit,” Pearce said. “And when I went on the streets I see 20 to 25 bodies lying on the floor. And people were very badly injured with gunshot wounds.”
Pearce said he found an injured girl and helped her get to safety.
“I took a small girl, a teenager. She was bleeding very badly,” he told CNN. “And I ran with her for like 200 meters and I found a cab, a taxi, and I let her in and I said to the cab driver.
He added that he had friends still inside the venue who were terrified.
“I have some friends who are still inside…who are hiding…they are hiding in some kind of room in the dark. They text me and they are very afraid,” he said.
“It was a bloodbath.”
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