Pictured: Happy Fans Packed into Paris Bataclan Concert Hall Moments Before Terrorists Killed 89
At least 89 people were killed inside the Bataclan on Friday
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Moments before gunmen opened fire at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Friday, the crowd posed for a picture, happily raising their glasses to toast the Eagles of Death Metal band.
At least 89 people were killed inside the Bataclan, the single deadliest site of Friday’s wave of attacks. A total of at least 129 people were killed and 352 more were injured.
The image, believed to have been taken just minutes before the attack unfolded, shows the crowd’s final joyous moments. Fans can be seen raising their glasses and flashing the sign of the horns, grinning for the cameraman.
At 9:40 p.m., three gunman stormed the venue, opening fire as the popular California metal band started to play their hit song “Kiss the Devil.” Some concertgoers were able to escape outside. But others were held hostage until the police were able to rescue them after midnight local time.
All of the Eagles of Death Metal’s members were able to escape to safety shortly after the shooting began.
Witnesses recalled the chaotic scene in interviews afterwards. “A body fell on me, it was spilling blood on my legs. A woman next to me had blood on her face, but she was alive,” a man named Benjamin told Le Figaro in French, which has been translated. “The person next to me, a 50-year-old man, had been shot in the face.”
The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility in a press release for the wave of carnage, mocking the “obscenity” and sinfulness of the French capital.