Police are reporting that around 118 people have died following the attack on Bataclan, according to The Guardian. At least 40 died in separate attacks.
A witness told France24 about the scene at the venue:
I didn't realize what was going on -- was on the first floor of the venue -- we were listening to the music then all of a sudden we heard gunshots -- they were quite high pitched. At first I thought it was a joke. I didn't actually believe. But the shots kept going and going and going, and people started screaming and ducking behind the seats. That [was] when I realized I had to get out.UPDATE 2:
Eagles of Death Metal features Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. All members of the band are confirmed safe but a crew member is unaccounted for.
French media are now confirming 100 people may have been killed at the venue.
According to CNN “French radio reporter Julien Pearce was inside the Bataclan theater when gunmen entered. Two men dressed in black started shooting what he described as AK-47s, and after wounded people fell to the floor, the two gunmen shot them again, execution-style, he said. The two men didn’t wear masks and didn’t say anything. The gunfire lasted 10 to 15 minutes, sending the crowd inside the small concert hall into a screaming panic, said Pearce, who escaped. He said he saw 20 to 25 bodies lying on the floor”.UPDATE 1:
Earlier reports had said 15 people have been shot dead at an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris as part of a terrorist attack that has swept the city. A further 100 have been taken hostage.
Paris is in lockdown after a wave of attacks across the city has left dozens dead.
Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the French music venue Bataclan when terrorists opened fire. Singer Jesse Hughes, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and other members of the band are safe according to French band Red Lemons.
Mikel Ross, Eric McFadden, we were with your mates Jesse, [Hughes’ partner] Tuesday [Cross], the other musicians outside, they’re safe too, they took a cab.”
Opening act White Miles’ member Ben Gazey posted to Facebook “Just heard from the band and they’re safe.”
Multiple attacks occurred hours ago in the French capital. 26 people in total have so far been reported dead. 11 occurred in a restaurant. President Hollande has declared the country in a state of emergency and shut the borders.
Eagles of the Metal, the band performing at the Paris music venue Bataclan, when terrorists opened fire, have commented about the tragedy on their Facebook page.
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.Posted by Eagles Of Death Metal on Friday, 13 November 2015