"Guillaume Maurice, a 40-year-old school teacher from Rouen, in northern France, is a self-described “metal head.” So when Eagles of Death Metal, an American rock band, came to the Bataclan theater in north-central Paris, Guillaume and his wife made plans to attend.
A few hours later, Guillaume and his wife would flee for their lives
as Islamic State gunmen slaughtered no fewer than 100 people in the
Bataclan, part of a city-wide chain of gun and bomb attacks that left at
least 116 people dead.
Before leaving for Paris, 90 minutes away by car, Guillaume phoned
his brother Wandrille, a student 20 years Guillaume’s junior, and
invited him to tag along. But Wandrille had a date. He declined. The
decision may have saved his life.
At the crowded Bataclan, Guillaume and his wife found space at the
back of the balcony overlooking the stage. It was 10:00 at night, local
time, and Eagles of Death Metal was playing its set. Guillaume heard
sounds that, at first, he mistook for fireworks.
Then he saw them — two men, indistinct in the darkness of the club.
Militants had targeted the Bataclan. In a statement on Nov. 14, Islamic
State would describe the historic Bataclan as a place “where hundreds of idolaters were together in a party of perversity.”
“France and those who follow its path must know that they remain the
principle targets of the Islamic State,” the terror group added. “This
attack is just the start of a storm and a warning for those who wish to
Guillaume realized the “fireworks” were actually gunshots. He and his
wife ran, along with hundreds of concert-goers. Later he would describe
confusion, panic. He would recall leaping over wounded bodies, getting
blood on his clothes. He would remember seeing a man dragging his
gunshot friend from the club."
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