Eagles of Death Metal Performance Turns Into Hostage Situation; Band Members Reportedly Safe
A hostage situation unfolded at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, France late November 13 during the Eagles of Death Metal performance.
The California-based band was slated to play on Friday night. The concert was sold out, reported Consequence of Sound. The venue can hold 1,500 people.
According to French band Red Lemons, members of Eagles of Death Metal–including Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age–are safe.
An estimated 100 hostages were inside the historic building, after gunmen killed multiple people inside. At least 15 people have died in the club, reported the Associated Press.
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Louis, a witness, was inside when he saw the gunmen open fire and yell “Allah Akbar.”
“The men came in and started shooting. Everyone fell to the ground. It was hell. I took my mum, and we hid. Someone near us said they have gone, so we ran out. I was only thinking of escaping,” he told told France Info radio. “We’re out now. I think people are still inside. It’s a nightmare – a nightmare.”
Jeremy Cliffe, an Economist reporter on the scene, said some hostages have escaped, “describing pools of blood and attackers using pump-action shotgun against crowd inside.”
Police also said the gunmen have at least one AK-47.
CNN reported citing witnesses that there are between six to eight attackers.