Posted: 23 November, 2015
“There was no-one who didn't have blood on them”
Source: 60 Minutes
Tasmanian teenager Emma Parkinson has revealed the terrifying scenes that gripped concert-goers at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, when gunmen opened fire during an Eagles of Death Metal show.
In an interview with 60 minutes last night, the 19 year old was only around three rows from the stage when terrorists entered the building and opened fire, killing 89 people.
She said she initially thought the sound of gunfire was fireworks.
“I thought someone had fireworks. You know, like just little fireworks that you buy at the supermarket. I remember thinking, 'What an idiot - who does that at a concert?'
After she realised what was occurring, and heard more screams and gunshots, she assumed the police had arrived.
“I remember thinking, ‘Oh good, it’s going to be under control and we’ll walk out,” she said.
As shooting intensified, Parkinson said she was shot in the backside when she got struck while climbing a barrier to escape the terrorists.
“I ran towards this barrier and tried to jump over it but I got stuck bent over because there were people around, I couldn’t get my legs up and that’s when I was shot.”
“It just sort of came through my head, OK, I’ve been shot, did it hit anything important? Probably not… gotta keep going,” she said.
“So I kept going.”
She said the bullet entered her upper thigh and existed through the hip.
“It’s not as painful as you would think, it just felt like being slapped really hard,” she explained.
Recalling the extent of the horror, she said there was blood everywhere and people clambering desperately to get out.
"To be honest, somebody could have died right next to me and I probably wouldn't have realised, because it was just people rushing.”
"There was no-one [who] didn't have blood on them. Everyone was covered. I'm just seeing people running as fast as they could."
She exited a stage door and managed to escape to the street, before running up stairs with around 10 others from the concert into a residential building for help.
The relief she felt when emergency services entered the building she had hidden in was overwhelming.
"I didn't notice it at the time but every muscle in my body was tensed and at that moment I relaxed, physically."
Ms Parkinson has undergone surgery to clean the wound from the AK-47 shot and is recovering out of hospital.