Scottish Daily Mail

Play­ing dead saved our lives

- Crime · Incidents · Lyon

A BRI­TISH man lay still for more than an hour as gun­men stalked the Bat­a­clan con­cert hall – hop­ing he would be mis­taken for a corpse.

Michael O’Con­nor told of the crowd’s first des­per­ate at­tempt to es­cape the venue when one of the ter­ror­ists reloaded his weapon.

The 0-year-old from South Shields, who now lives in Lyon, said: ‘I could hear him fum­bling with car­tridges. Ev­ery­body jumped up to make a dash to­wards the exit. When he started shoot­ing again we just hit the ground.’ For an hour and a quar­ter, Mr O’Con­nor lay on top of girl­friend Sara Badel Cra­eye to shield her as shots rang out from the bal­cony above. He said: ‘We played dead. I ex­pected to die.’

By the time po­lice stormed in, Mr O’Con­nor said the venue looked like a ‘slaugh­ter­house’ with blood cov­er­ing the floor.

 ??  ?? Sur­vivors: Michael and Sara
Sur­vivors: Michael and Sara

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