Witness Tells of 'Bloodbath,' Escape From the Bataclan

Julien Pearce managed to get out when the gunmen were reloading
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2015 7:19 PM CST
Witness Tells of 'Bloodbath,' Escape From the Bataclan
Elite police officers arrive outside the Bataclan theater in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2015.   (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Some 100 people are estimated dead in Paris' Bataclan; a man who made it out alive is sharing his harrowing experience. Radio reporter Julien Pearce tells CNN he saw two unmasked men enter, with the Guardian reporting it was an hour into the Eagles of Death Metal's show. Pearce describes one as no older than 25, "a random guy holding a Kalashnikov." He says they didn't speak as they shot people on the floor over the course of 10 or 15 minutes. "It was a bloodbath."

He says they "had loads of time to reload at least three times" and "knew what they were doing." During one reload, he, as CNN puts it, "managed to find an exit. He climbed on top of the stage and went for it." He emerged onto a street littered with bodies that the Guardian reports had been cloaked with sheets tossed from the apartments above them. He says he then helped get a wounded teen medical care. As for his friends, they were still inside. (More Bataclan stories.)

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