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Din­ers dived to the floor as the bul­lets rained in

- From Emine Sin­maz in Paris Incidents · Dining Out · Recreation · Paris · Laos · Australia · Rive Droite

TER­RI­FIED cus­tomers at a restau­rant in which five were killed are thought to have sur­vived be­cause they cow­ered be­hind a metal menu dis­play board out­side.

As gun­men be­gan shoot­ing at La Casa Nos­tra, some of their bul­lets ric­o­cheted off the board and pro­tected din­ers hid­ing be­hind it.

Owner Dim­itri Mo­hamadi ar­rived at the pizze­ria just min­utes af­ter the bloody ram­page ended and saw the bod­ies of three men and one young woman ly­ing on the street out­side.

Mr Mo­hamadi said: ‘I heard ev­ery­body scream­ing. The ta­bles were bro­ken and there were peo­ple still hid­ing un­derneath them.

‘One cus­tomer was in­jured, she had got shot in the wrist.

‘Then there was this man – I think he was go­ing to eat in our restau­rant – he was hav­ing a look at the menu out­side when he got shot from be­hind.

‘He tried to run away but then fell down just in front of the café next to a tree. He was car­ry­ing a vi­o­lin.’

Bul­let holes could be seen in the win­dows of the La Casa Nos­tra in the Right Bank area of cen­tral Paris and across the street at the Bonne Biere café and a laun­derette.

The gun­men be­gan their as­sault on La Casa Nos­tra in Rue de la Fon­taine au Roi af­ter killing 15 at two restau­rants on nearby Rue Bichat.

Ten min­utes af­ter the gun­men opened fire on Le Pe­tit Cam­bodge and Le Car­il­lon restau­rants, they drove about 500 yards to the pizze­ria and slaugh­tered five din­ers. Last night Mr Mo­hamadi told how cus­tomers hid them­selves be­hind the restau­rant’s bar while an in­ex­pe­ri­enced 20-yearold wait­ress saved the lives of oth­ers by tak­ing them to the kitchen down­stairs.

Look­ing dis­traught as he in­spected the bul­let holes in his restau­rant’s walls, and the half-eaten slices of pizza and glasses of wine that had been left be­hind as the killings be­gan and din­ers fled for their lives, the restau­ra­teur said: ‘It’s in­cred­i­ble how some peo­ple are so lucky.

‘The menu stand­ing there, made out of metal, made some of the bul­lets ric­o­chet. Those bul­lets were sup­posed to kill the peo­ple be­hind it. The bul­lets were huge and they made ex­tra­or­di­nary holes in the walls.’

The wait­ress, who has only been work­ing at the restau­rant for a month, said she helped the woman who was shot in the wrist flee down­stairs and tried to stem her bleed­ing.

Jas­mine, who did not want to give her sur­name, said: ‘She had a hole in her arm.

‘She crawled in my di­rec­tion and hid by the bar at first, that’s why there’s some blood there.

‘I’ve been cry­ing all night and all day. I’d like to know the name of the girl who died out­side be­cause I’m one of the last peo­ple to see her alive. She died right in front of me.

‘Th­ese peo­ple who did this are in­sane – one of the men they killed was Ara­bic just like them.’

 ??  ?? The hor­ror and the de­spair: An on­looker is ap­palled as he looks at one of the restau­rant vic­tims
The hor­ror and the de­spair: An on­looker is ap­palled as he looks at one of the restau­rant vic­tims

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