Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

'Be Happy, Because We Are Lucky': A Bataclan Survivor's Story of Aid and Guilt

by Lester Holt /

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

PARIS — At first, Laurent Lafont-Battesti thought the explosions were part of the show being put on by the Eagles of Death Metal.

But then everyone around him began screaming and scrambling for safety, and that's when Lafont-Battesti knew something was desperately wrong.

Lafont-Battesti was one of the terrified music lovers who made it out of the Bataclan concert hall after Friday night's horrifying terrorist attack.

Related: Follow Live: Latest Updates on Paris Attacks

Someone had the idea of getting out through a window — but there was no ladder. So everyone helped one an another as best as he or she could, Lafont-Battesti told NBC News on Sunday.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

"I've seen really, really beautiful behaviors there," he said. "We were gentlemen — it was ladies first."

In an adjacent apartment where he and others huddled for safety, Lafont-Battesti tried to be reassuring.

"I said to people around me: 'Be happy because, we are lucky, I think. Because we will make it. We will survive."

Related: Victims' Families Struggle With Loss

Lafont-Battesti holed up in his apartment for most of two days before finally venturing out onto the streets of his beloved Paris on Sunday.

"It's good to be alive," he said. But "sometimes I feel a bit guilty, because I'm alive and some people are not. Why me? Why me?

"I know I'm wrong," he added. "I know I don't have to be guilty to be alive."

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news

Have feedback?

How likely are you to recommend nbcnews.com to a friend or colleague?

0 = Very unlikely
10 = Very likely
Please select answer

Is your feedback about:

Please select answer

Thank you!

Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.

We appreciate your help making nbcnews.com a better place.