Southern California Band Played Before Paris Hostage Bloodbath
UPDATE at 6:25 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015: See our latest about how a Cal State Long Beach student is among the dead, here. Paris officials say more than 100 people were killed at the concert venue. Reports indicate the band members are safe. The LAPD is beefing up patrols locally. See more below.
A Southern California band was performing before terrorists took over a Paris concert hall and reportedly took 100 hostages.
An Instagram photo (above) shows Eagles of Death Metal from Palm Desert performing before an attack during their European tour stop at Le Bataclan in Paris.
The city suffered multiple attacks, including an explosion at its main stadium.
Reports indicate that attackers shouted "Allahu akbar!” and "This is for Syria" during violence at as many as six locations throughout Paris. As many as 60 people across the City of Light were said to be dead.
President François Hollande was evacuated from the stadium, which was hosting a France-Germany match.
President Obama addressed the nation this afternoon, saying, "This is a heartbreaking situation." Hollande declared a state of emergency and said the country's borders had been closed.
Eagles of Death Metal released a new album, "Zipper Down," last month.
The BBC reported that some hostages had emerged from the theater covered in blood. Gunmen were described as young and unmasked.
The band was formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, the latter from Queens of the Stone Age.
"My thoughts and prayers are with all those in Paris," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said this afternoon. "I am heartbroken and outraged by these senseless acts of violence. Los Angeles stands united with those around the world against these terrorist activities."
UPDATE at 3:35 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: Opening act Red Lemons indicated in a Facebook post that all the performers were out of the venue and safe.
"A terrorist attack happened at the Eagles of Death Metal concert," the band stated. "We are safe. ... The other musicians outside, they're safe too, they took a cab."
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Department says it has beefed up patrols in reaction to the Paris attacks.
UPDATE at 4:05 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: The band's Facebook page has this statement:
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.
UPDATE at 4:16 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: LAPD Commander Andrew Smith tells us, "There is no nexus to Los Angeles that we know about" in connection to the Paris attacks.
"The incident in France is being monitored by Major Crimes Division, Counterterrorism and Special Operations Division and the Joint Regional Intelligence Center," he said. "We are working closely with our federal and local partners. All commanding officers and watch commanders have been notified. Officers are providing extra patrols to critical sites."
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UPDATE at 4:22 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: Reports indicate that authorities stormed the Paris concert venue and killed two terrorists while pulling dozens of innocents out of the building. The number of dead or injured wasn't clear.
UPDATE at 4:26 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: Mayor Eric Garcetti said this via Twitter: "There are no confirmed credible threats here in Los Angeles but we're taking all necessary precautions for heightened attention in our city."
UPDATE at 4:42 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: CNN cites Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman in reporting that 118 people were killed in the attack at the concert venue.
UPDATE at 4:53 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: A man identified as a brother of one of the members of Eagles of Death Metal told ABC News he believed the band was "mid-set," about six songs in, when gunfire erupted.
Band members "hit the deck" onstage before running backstage and through the exits, he said.
The man said he believed the venue had a capacity of 1,500. The band's site indicated it was a sold-out show.
UPDATE at 5:06 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: The brother was identified as Michael Dorio, brother of drummer Julian Dorio. According to Fox 11 News, he also said that terrorists were "just shooting anything and everything in the venue."
UPDATE at 5:08 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: The wife of Julian Dorio told The Washington Post that all the band members were safe. The drummer "called to say that he loved me and he was safe," she said.
"Everyone onstage was able to get off," she said.
UPDATE at 5:21 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: The U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper has a harrowing account of the violence inside Le Bataclan. Frederic Nowak says he was at the concert with his 23-year-old son when violence broke out about 30 minutes into the show.
"I saw two men firing into the crowd with machine guns," he told the publication. "I at first hid behind a speaker. The men were firing wildly into the crowd and even at people lying on the ground."
Then I followed some people who were running out through a door to the right of the stage. It led to stairs but all the doors off the stairs were locked. We were stuck there for about 10 minutes. There were 30 or 40 people there.
Then we went further up the stairs and arrived at the roof. We got out through a window and we saw a man whose apartment was in the building next door waving to us.
We made our way over the rooftop and he let us in through his attic window. We stayed there until we heard the past police raiding the venue a while later.
He described one of the three shooters at the venue, all of whom were reportedly felled by authorities, as a young man in his 20s who was dressed casually.
UPDATE at 6:05 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015: The Desert Sun newspaper reports that Eagles of Death Metal also has roots in Los Angeles, where Homme's recording studio served as a "clubhouse."
Homme and Hughes have been friends since their days at Palm Desert High School, the paper says. Hughes now lives in L.A., it said.
Hughes was a onetime journalist who supported the political career of Sonny Bono, according to the Sun.
Our headline was changed to reflect reports of horrible violence at the venue.
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