Survivor: Paris shooting gunmen said they ‘wouldn’t kill women’
Laurent Leger also said that the attackers did not call journalists out by name before shooting them
One of the survivors of the deadly shooting that targeted France’s satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo this week revealed that the gunmen had planned not to kill women.
One of the gunman told his accomplice that “they wouldn’t kill women but one of our [female] journalists had already fallen under our editorial table,” Laurent Leger, who was attending the editorial meeting when two hooded men stormed the newspaper’s office and killed 12 people, told French radio station France Info.
Elsa Cayat was among the victims of the incident that French President Francois Hollande described as a “terrorist attack.”
During the interview, Leger recalled the incident that was the deadliest such attack in France in decades.
“It was the end of the meeting that we have every Wednesday morning. Suddenly we heard what sounded like firecrackers, we didn’t know exactly what it was. Then the door burst open and a guy came in shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’,” Leger said.
“He looked like a guy from GIGN [National Gendarmerie Intervention Group] he was holding a gun with both hands. He started firing,” he said.
“I’m still asking myself how I managed to escape,” Leger said. “Barbarism had returned to the newspaper,” he said.
The attackers did not call journalists out by name before shooting them unlike what was reported in the media, Leger told the radio station.
“They shot into the crowd, it’s as simple as that. They said at one moment the name of Charb [the nickname of Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor of the newpaper],” Leger said.
“It all went on so quickly, the bullets were shot just like that. A few seconds and everyone was on the floor,” the 48-year-old man said.
“I saw a hooded man, I saw a lot of blood, I saw half the magazine staff on the floor. I saw horror. I held the hand of our website editor.”
Once Leger believed the gunmen had left, Leger “got back up, there were a few survivors. And then this unreal situation it was a feeling of total bewilderment.”
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