Paris attacks: Video shows how woman survived attack after gunman's assault rifle jams

The gunman (circled in red) near the pizzeria entrance where two women were hiding under a table.
The gunman (circled in red) near the pizzeria entrance where two women were hiding under a table. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DAILY MAIL VIDEO

Video footage of a gunman's assault on a restaurant during the Nov 13 Paris attacks has surfaced online. The footage captured the harrowing moment when a woman was nearly killed - only to be saved by a faulty weapon.

The video, obtained by British newspaper Daily Mail, shows the assault rifle-wielding assailant spraying the Casa Nostra pizzeria on rue de la Fountaine au Roi with a hail of bullets at 10.34pm (Paris time).

Restaurant patrons were seen scrambling for cover as glass shattered around them.


Customers scurrying for cover as the gunman opens fire. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DAILY MAIL VIDEO

As the gunman approached the pizzeria's front door, his attention was diverted by two women cowering under a table outside the entrance.

He turned and pointed his weapon downwards at one of the women - identified as a 40-year-old who was at the pizzeria for dinner and a glass of wine - who said she only saw a pair of shoes and heard the "click, click, click" sound of the gunman's weapon.


The gunman aiming his weapon at one of the women. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DAILY MAIL VIDEO

It was speculated that his rifle had either misfired or was out of ammunition.

The gunman then ran off down the street, and one of the women is seen emerging from under the table before escaping. The second woman followed her soon after.


One of the woman (circled in red) seen taking off from under the table. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DAILY MAIL VIDEO

According to the Daily Mail, the gunman is believed to be Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is the subject of a massive police manhunt after evading capture near the Franco-Belgian border.


A photo of Salah Abdeslam released by the French police. PHOTO: POLICE NATIONALE/TWITTER

His older brother, 31-year-old Brahim Abdeslam, had blown himself up outside a cafe on Boulevard Voltaire.

Although none of the patrons or staff inside the pizzeria died during the attack, two suffered minor bullet wounds.

At least five people in the vicinity were killed, while a further eight were seriously injured.