via NYPost: One minute, an American band was playing to a packed crowd at a Paris venue Friday night, and hours later more than a dozen lifeless bodies laid across its blood-soaked floor after a terror attack killed 89 people there.
In the chilling photo of the aftermath at the Bataclan theater, the concrete floor is streaked in red where survivors desperately tried to drag dead and wounded friends away from the carnage. Sprawled across puddles of blood are the bodies of men and women whose corpses had yet to be removed from the concert pit.
Evidence of people leaving in a mad rush covers the floor — scattered backpacks and purses, random shoes and jackets.
Meanwhile, a 14-second video clip that recorded sound of the first gunshots also emerged.
The footage opens with the California band Eagles of Death Metal absorbed in an instrumental riff. Their silhouettes move around on the dark stage, which is lit only by a glowing bass drum and some flashing stage lights.
But just as the music begins its crescendo and the stage brightens, a spray of gunfire rings out from the left side of the stage.
It takes a split second for the band members to realize what’s happening, and then drummer Julian Dorio ducks behind his instrument set and one of the guitarists runs off stage. Another guitarist, Dave Catching, stays glued to his spot and stares out into the theater in shock.
The dancing crowd then turns to bedlam as concertgoers begin running for the exits.
“The atmosphere was so happy and everyone was dancing and smiling,” survivor Isobel Bowdery recounted on Facebook. “And then when the men came through the front entrance and began the shooting, we naively believed it was all part of the show.”
But she and the hundreds of others quickly realized the danger.
“It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre,” she wrote. “Dozens of people were shot right in front of me. Pools of blood filled the floor.”
Christine Tudhope and Mariesha Payne, two friends in town from Scotland, bolted for a door that led them into the basement, Payne told the Times of London.
“There were no exits, but we found a door to the cellar, which we just ran into, but then realized we were trapped and there was no way out,” she said.
The women were sure they’d been found seconds later when the door to their hideout burst open: “We just thought, ‘They’re coming. We are going to die,’ ” Payne said.
But it was two Italians, who hid with them in the darkness for the next three hours as they all listened to the bloodbath above.
Even those who escaped the theater were followed by the attackers, who sprayed their weapons into a nearby alleyway, according to video footage by photographer Patrick Zachmann.
He had followed sirens to the concert hall and filmed as terrified officers maneuvered around a hail of bullets, he told Time magazine.
“It was panic,” Zachmann said. “You felt that it was not under control, that they didn’t know what was going on, from where exactly it was shooting.”