100 People May Be Dead Inside Bataclan Hall — REPORT
The worst-case scenario may have happened. According to Agence France-Presse, police sources are saying 100 people were executed by the gunmen in Bataclan Hall in Paris. The reported victims were being held hostage by gunmen who ambushed an Eagles of Death Metal concert earlier on Friday night. The hostage situation is just one of many attacks that have unfolded in central Paris on Friday, including numerous shootings and explosions throughout the city. Earlier reports had described French police storming the Bataclan theater and killing at least two gunmen, ending the hostage situation, but discovering "carnage" inside. Now officials say the Bataclan death toll might be as many as 100 people. Update: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says that 118 people are dead at the Bataclan theater alone.
One witness who was at the Bataclan earlier in the evening described the scene as a "bloodbath." Julien Pearce told CNN:
People yelled, screamed. It lasted for ten minutes. Ten, horrific minutes where everybody was on the floor covering their head.... They didn’t shout anything. They were shooting people on the floor.
One witness told The Telegraph that "three men with Kalashnikovs and wearing flak jackets burst in in the middle of the concert" and "started spraying bullets." Another claimed that one of the gunmen shouted, "Allahu akbar" as he began shooting at the crowd. The Guardian reported that the gunmen also threw explosives at hostages.
Numerous witnesses described the gunmen as being in their 20s or 30s.
People magazine reported that most of the members of Eagles of Death Metal have confirmed their safety, but according to a statement on their Facebook page, they were still trying to get a hold of a few members.
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.
Earlier in the night, shootings rang out at a restaurant in the 10th Arrondissement and at the Les Halles shopping mall in the 1st Arrondissement, while numerous explosions went off near Stade de France, where Francois Hollande was watching a soccer match. He was evacuated to safety and later made a brief statement, declaring a state of emergency in France and closing its borders. President Obama also made a statement on the attacks, calling them an "attack on all humanity."
The death toll in the Paris attacks is currently at around 140 people.