Scottish Daily Mail
Playing dead saved our lives
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.