One Crew Member Killed, Another Reportedly Injured in Paris Concert Attack
One Eagles of Death Metal crew member has reportedly been killed, and another injured during the tragic attack during the band's concert in Paris tonight.
The group were in the middle of a concert when gunmen opened fire inside Le Bataclan, the club where the band was playing. At this time, Patrick Klugman, deputy mayor of Paris, is reporting that 112 people were killed inside the club, and at least 153 people in a series of coordinated attacks on the city.
(11/14 update: According to CNN, there are differing reports of the death toll from the venue, with the French interior ministry citing "at least 112" but the Paris prosecutor saying "about 80.")
Most reports indicate that the band members themselves escaped unharmed, but Nick Alexander, a Brit who was selling merchandise for the band, was killed. His family issued the following statement:
It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night. Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal. Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light.
Michael Dorio, brother of EoDM drummer Julian Dorio, told Atlanta news outlet WSBTV that he spoke with his brother shortly after the shooting. Michael told the news outlet what his brother reported:
He said they were playing, about six songs into the show, they heard, before they saw anything, they heard automatic machine gunfire. It was so loud, it was louder than the band, and they hit the stage floor. As they got up to try to evacuate they saw men with machine guns just shooting anything and everything in the venue. They heard more than they could see because of the stage lights.
David Ian Hughes, brother of EoDM singer Jesse Hughes, said in a post on Facebook that Jesse is safe.
Jesse Hughes is ok. I spoke to him about an hour ago. The band is ok too. I hold out hope that as many people as possible make it out ok, as well. As the situation is still developing, I can not say much else.
After the initial attack, the gunmen took the concert-goers hostage. Police raided the venue, ending the hostage situation. Two gunmen were killed in the process, according to Billboard.
Other locations in and around Paris are reported as having been attacked as well, including a restaurant, and the Saint-Denis stadium, where the German and French national soccer teams were competing.