Published time: 21 Apr, 2017 01:21
Videos depicting the immediate aftermath of the suspected terrorist attack in central Paris have appeared on social media, showing frightened eyewitnesses taking cover and running for their lives in the first moments following the shooting.
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One of the earliest videos to emerge appears to have been filmed just opposite of the spot where shooting took place, in front of Marks & Spencer store on Champs Elysees. A parked car can be seen near the police van, from which the attacker reportedly came out before going on a shooting spree. Armed figures can be seen moving and one of them appears to fall down, but it is unclear who the pictured persons are. The video has been making rounds on social media, but the source of the footage was not immediately known.
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Another video was shot by an Arab man inside a café near the site of the incident. The man, who goes on Twitter as @mohanadalnoaimi, filmed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting as he was lying on a floor. The visitors of the café can also be seen taking cover under tables. Police cars can be seen rushing to the scene of the shooting on the opposite side of the street.
Footage uploaded by @GrapeEscapeTV, which was apparently shot from one of the top floors of the multi-story building, depicts the arrival of multiple police cars to Champs Elysees as loud noise of police sirens can be heard in the background.
A shaky footage posted on Twitter by @aljufairi_h shows him apparently running away from the site of the incident, struggling to catch a breath. While some pedestrians appear to go at a regular pace, the others are rushing to escape the area. Armed police can be seen moving in the opposite direction, towards the scene of the shooting.
The overwhelming presence of police cars at Champ Elysees, which brought traffic to deadlock, can be seen in the footage by @vanderpauw.
Meanwhile, videos allegedly showing one of the ongoing raids in the suburbs of Paris have appeared on Twitter.