'Just Death All Around Me': Baltimore Man Recalls Attack In Nice, France NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Darryl Curtis, an 18-year-old from Baltimore who was in Nice when shots rang out at the Bastille Day celebration. On Twitter, he wrote, "Just death all around me right now."

'Just Death All Around Me': Baltimore Man Recalls Attack In Nice, France

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More now on what officials say appears to be a terrorist attack in Nice in the south of France. Darryl Curtis, an 18-year-old from Baltimore, was in Nice when shots rang out at the Bastille Day celebration. He's just graduated from high school, and he was traveling with a cousin who was working on Rihanna's tour. On Twitter, Curtis wrote, just death all around me right now. I asked him to describe what he saw. Clearly dazed, Curtis recalled a scene of chaos.

DARRYL CURTIS: I just saw a truck pull over. I was trying to walk to beach, and then I just heard gunshots. Then people were just falling, and then people were just running away 'cause (inaudible) chaos was just happening and (inaudible). It was just (inaudible).

SHAPIRO: When did you realize what was going on?

CURTIS: I just saw the truck stop. I think it hit a couple of people. And then all the sudden you just heard gunshots, and then you just heard commotion. Just the French, the European, just, like, running away, and I was running away. I was scared. I didn't know (inaudible) coming from. There was a lot of commotion, and I was just gone.

SHAPIRO: And where did you go?

CURTIS: I went back to my hotel.

SHAPIRO: And when was it that you realized the extent of what had happened?

CURTIS: I was just (unintelligible), and I just heard the police, and I just heard their hospital siren, the emergency sirens. That was just going on.

SHAPIRO: I understand this was a little after 10 o'clock, and the fireworks display had just ended. Is that right?


SHAPIRO: What did you see as you were leaving the scene?

CURTIS: Just scrambling, and people were on the floor and just yelling and commotion, and it was just all nerve-racking because I was nervous because I was scared - that I just didn't want to be one of them dead. Like, I was thinking, like, I can't lose my life in a different country. Like, I'm not trying to - I wasn't here in Europe to die tonight. I can't go out like this.

SHAPIRO: Darryl Curtis, thank you very much.

CURTIS: Not a problem.

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