Concertgoer Describes Chaos During Bataclan Concert Hall Siege
Ginnie Watson was sitting on the first floor balcony of the Paris concert venue where Eagles of Death Metal were playing Friday evening when she heard what sounded like "high-pitched" shots.
At first she thought it was a stunt by the band.
"I heard people scream. I even saw this one girl she was really crying and panicking. That when I was like thinking to myself, I said, 'is this really an attack?,'" Watson, who had been watching the show at the Bataclan, told ABC News.
"I’ve never been in a shootout before in my life so at first I was thinking to myself, 'this is a joke.' So I was like you know, has the band put together a little joke for us," she said.
But then, she said, the shots continued and Watson realized something was very wrong.
"People were running away and I could see from where I was from the balcony down the stairs where the shots had come from," she said. "Then all of a sudden people on the balcony started getting up and panicking and that’s when I ducked."
Watson said she immediately saw other people at the concert with "gruesome" wounds, before she and a friend made their way to an exit of the venue -- one of six locations hit by attacks that killed at least 120.
"My friend, the girl I was with...had like two people next to her shot down," Watson said. "I saw this other guy with his white shirt basically drenched in blood. It was pretty gruesome, but didn’t think about that because all I was thinking about was just getting away."
Watson said after she and her friend got out on the street, they walked to the Bastille, and along the way they started telling people what had happened and tried to call the police.
"I was really quite lucky because some people go stuck in the venue," she said. "It’s a horrific experience and nobody can I mean nobody can justify what they did. It’s awful. You can’t just go into somebody’s concert and just shoot innocent people it’s ridiculous."