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6 June 2017, 16:21
Notre Dame Eyewitness Describes Panic After Hearing Shots Fired
Neil Sanche was in the square outside the cathedral in Paris when he heard the shots.
The cathedral and surrounding area was on lockdown after a man who attacked police with a hammer was shot and injured.
Neil told Iain Dale what he witnessed:
“We heard the two shots ring out and then all of a sudden people were screaming all around us and running from the scene.
“I didn’t know what was going on but figured it was gunshots. My wife looked across the street and said she saw policemen with their guns drawn towards a man on the ground.
“My first reaction was ‘let’s get out of here’, so went down to the metro. People were jumping over the turnstiles in the metro, so there was a panic going on there for sure.”
Neil explained that he was on holiday in Paris having arrived a few days ago. Before that he was in London, which he arrived in just after the Manchester attack.
He said that while he was concerned about the trip, he thought alerts would be high and things would be safer. But that has not been the case.