Video Captures Terrifying First Moments of Gunfire in Deadly Assault on Paris Concert Hall
In both clips, the band can be seen freezing. In one, the drummer appears to duck down while another member runs off stage
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(Warning: The clips mentioned in this story are not graphic and do not show footage of the gunfire, but may still be disturbing to some readers.)
Two short video clips from near the stage, obtained by the BBC and Sky News, capture the American band Eagles of Death Metal in the middle of a performance, as the sound of rapid gunfire cuts through the background.
In both clips, the band can be seen freezing. In one, the drummer appears to duck down while another member runs off stage.
The hours-long carnage in the Bataclan involved a group of male assailants armed with automatic weapons, eyewitnesses have said.
The Bataclan attackers are dead, according to earlier reports, and at least 80 people were killed at the concert hall.
Those witness accounts depict an initial wave of nearly nonstop shooting, as the men reloaded their weapons.
Some concertgoers were able to escape outside, witnesses said. Others were held hostage until the successful police assault, after midnight local time.
While the Eagles of Death Metal’s members were able to escape to safety shortly after the shooting started, a band source previously told PEOPLE, not all of the crew were immediately accounted for.
On Saturday, the family of the band’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, confirmed he was among the dead.
“Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend – generous, funny and fiercely loyal,” his family said in a statement to Time.