A sold-out rock concert became a scene of carnage in Paris, with much of the horror playing out live on Twitter.
Police ended the hostage situation after storming the music hall. At least 100 people were killed at the venue, police said, according to the New York Times.
“Ils abattent tout le monde.” one horrified and bleeding concert-goer tweeted from inside the concert hall, where some 100 music lovers had been taken hostage.
“They slaughtered everyone!”
“I am still inside Bataclan,” the concert-goer, Benjamin Cazenoves, tweeted in Frenchfrom inside the Bataclan theater, where music lovers had gathered for a show by the California-based Eagles of Death Metal.
“First level. Seriously hurt!” Cazenoves tweeted shortly after 5 p.m. New York time from the theater, which is located just five blocks away from the Charlie Hebdo offices where terrorists killed 12 in January.
“There are survivors inside. They slaughtered everyone. One by one. 1st floor quickly!!!!”
A pair of gunmen had opened fire with Kalashnikovs inside the Bataclan theater, victims told police, with officials estimating that 40 were dead and some 100 taken hostage.
“Alive. Just staying alive… Carnage… Bodies everywhere,” Cazenoves tweeted.
Escaping hostages told France Info radio that the men shouted “Allah Akbar” as they opened fire.
French station BFM-TV said one of the gunmen at the theater also shouted: “It’s for Syria.