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Videos from Bataclan concert show moment when attackers opened fire

Some Eagles of Death Metal fans had their cameras on when the attack began.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Nov 15, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:47 pm CDT

Warning: The videos in this article may be upsetting to some viewers.

Following the series of attacks in Paris on Friday night, videos are beginning to surface from the Eagles of Death Metal concert where 89 people were killed.

The Bataclan became a scene of chaos after attackers opened fire on the crowd, taking approximately 100 hostages. The band’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was one of those killed before French police stormed the Bataclan and freed the remaining hostages.

Many audience members were filming or using social media at the time of the attack. One man, Benjamin Cazenoves, became a worldwide source for updates from within the concert hall, posting Facebook updates as the night progressed. Videos from the concert captured the moment when the attackers opened fire, showing the band reacting with confusion before realizing what was happening.

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Graphic designer Seb Snow posted this clip from the concert, with the caption, “The last notes before the gunfire, panic and horror.”

H/T Pixable | Photo via SylviaBoBilvia/Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0)

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*First Published: Nov 15, 2015, 1:32 pm CST