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Friday
Nov132015

Hostages Taken at Paris Venue Holding Eagles of Death Metal Concert

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At least two shootings and three explosions in Paris left dozens dead Friday night, according to a police source, and hostages have been taken at the Bataclan concert hall, where Eagles of Death Metal were performing. 

According to police union source, as of Friday evening the hostage situation was ongoing with at least 100 hostages inside the concert hall, and according to reports multiple gunmen are involved.

The wife of Eagles of Death Metal touring drummer Julian Dorio told The Washington Post that her husband is safe.  "We are just holding our breath and saying prayers for everyone," Dorio's wife Emily told the paper.  "Everyone on stage was able to get off."

Dorio's brother, Michael, spoke with ABC affiliate WBS-TV in Atlanta: "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. Fifteen hundred people, Julian said, was about the capacity of the venue. I don't know if it was seated or standing but Julian, the lead singer and some of the crew, there was a door back of the stage that led to a street and they flew out the back door."

However the fate of other band members and crew  remained uncertain Friday night.  In a Facebook post Friday evening the band wrote: "We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation."

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