One of the four ISIS terrorists responsible for the mass shooting at Bataclan theater in Paris may have been caught on camera before the attacks even began. Dressed in black and toting something large, seeing them travel throughout the theater is both horrifying and transfixing.
Tuesday Cross, the girlfriend of Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, shot a quick video with her cell phone at Bataclan on November 13 — and may have revealed something important: a glimpse of one of the four gunmen who stormed the theater, while they were still blending in with the crowd in the lobby. Click through to watch!
While Tuesday was hanging out in the lobby before the show began, she inadvertently captured the image of one of the ISIS gunmen who would then take 100 people in the venue hostage, leaving an estimated 82 of them dead by the night’s end. Though the footage is grainy, a person is seen wearing head t0 toe black, in what looks like a heavy coat, and carrying a large backpack.
Moments after she took the video, four ISIS members stormed into Bataclan, where the Eagles of Death Metal were already playing to a packed-out crowd. According to French news source Le Figaro, the terrorists were shooting at random, first slaughtering those standing at the bar, then moving into the huge crowd and opening fire.
The terrorists, according to eyewitnesses at Bataclan who spoke to Liberation, arrived about 30 minutes into the band’s set. “They shot everyone who was at the bar,” the eyewitnesses, three friends, said. “Then we saw a movement in the pit. It was like a gust of wind in the wheat. Everyone fell, dead, wounded and alive. Even if you have no experience of war, we immediately understood what was happening.”
The massacre in Paris was a six-point attack that devastated the city as the gunmen hit Bataclan and restaurants in the busiest districts of Paris, as well as set off bombs near a football game between Germany and France, just north of the city. ISIS targeted these specific places, apparently, as they were guaranteed to be crowded with young, unexpectant people on a Friday night.
At this point, 128 people overall have been pronounced dead, with another 180 gravely injured. Three of the vicious terrorists who stormed Bataclan were killed when they detonated their explosive belts inside the theater; the fourth was shot by police before he could do so.
Our thoughts are with all those in Paris at this time.
— Samantha Wilson