Paris Attacks | Atlanta drummer Julian Dorio escapes theater with Eagles of Death Metal band



ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has learned an Atlanta native and University of Georgia graduate is a member of a band that was playing at the Paris theater Friday night, where dozens of hostages were taken in a terror attack Friday night.

Julian Dorio, who grew up in Atlanta and attended the Westminster Schools, is a drummer for the band Eagles of Death Metal. The band was playing Friday at Le Bataclan as part of their world tour.

Channel 2's Erin Coleman was the first reporter to speak with Julian Dorio’s brother, Michael. On Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m., he told us his brother is OK and was at the police station in Paris.

"He said they were playing, about six songs into the show, they heard, before they saw anything, they heard automatic machine gunfire. It was so loud, it was louder than the band, and they hit the stage floor. As they got up to try to evacuate they saw men with machine guns just shooting anything and everything in the venue." Michael Dorio said. “They heard more than they could see because of the stage lights."

He says Julian told him the venue held about 1,500 people.

"I don't know if it was seated or standing but Julian, the lead singer and some of the crew, there was a door back of the stage that led to a street and they flew out the back door," Michael Dorio said.

The band posted on their Facebook page Friday evening that they are still trying to confirm the safety of all of their members.

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At least 150 people were killed in the shootings and explosions around the city, many of them in Le Bataclan where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said.

Dorio posted this photo on Instagram early Friday. 

<blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="5" ><div > <div > <div ></div></div> <p > <a href="" target="_blank">There&#39;s nothing quite like Paris via bicycle. Missing @emilydorio though. @eodmofficial at @le_bataclan tonight! #eodm πŸ€˜πŸΌπŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸš΄πŸΌ [ πŸ“· - @wearescientists ]</a></p> <p >A photo posted by Julian Dorio (@coolranchdorio) on <time datetime="2015-11-13T17:17:58+00:00">Nov 13, 2015 at 9:17am PST</time></p></div></blockquote><script async defer src="//"></script>

The band posted this photo inside the concert hall hours before the attack.

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