With more cameras and screens available than ever, 2015 had its fair share of dramatic moments caught on camera. From terror attacks to wild survival stories, here are the top dramatic moments from the past year.
**WARNING: Some of these images may be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is advised.**
This video of terrified concertgoers spilling out of the Bataclan during the attacks in Paris that claimed 130 lives is undoubtedly one of the most bone-chilling moments of the past year. Le Monde journalist Daniel Psenny captured these images from his apartment window.
LIVE SHOOTING OF WDBJ7 JOURNALISTS
This summer, two broadcast journalists were killed during a live report for WDBJ7 in Virginia. The chilling on-air killing was caught on camera by one of the victims, photojournalist Adam Ward, as Vester Flanagan shot Ward and reporter Alison Parker.
CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS
When gunmen attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in Jan. 2015, police set up checkpoints throughout the city. At one of the checkpoints, two masked gunmen fired shots at an officer. A witness filmed the incident from an apartment above the street, including the chilling moment the officer was executed point-blank in the head.
SYRIAN CIVIL WAR
With continued unrest in the Middle East, the world’s attention was drawn to the civil war in Syria when a horrific video of children screaming, running and looking for their mother after an airstrike was released. According to an observation group, the airstrikes claimed at least 45 lives.
It was a difficult summer for Californians in 2015. Not only were they contending with a severe drought, but they were also plagued with wildfires. The devastation caused by the fires was extensive and claimed the lives of five people. One family escaping the fires captured video footage of how rapidly the fire could spread.
DRAMATIC RESCUE IN CHINA
Unbelievable footage out of China showed a toddler hanging by his neck on a balcony. Cameras captured a good samaritan climb across several windowsills and balconies to reach the young boy and rescue him from his distress.
SHOCKING ABUSE OF CALGARY CAB DRIVER
A truly jaw-dropping case of racism and abuse was caught on a CCTV camera inside a Calgary taxi. The video shows passenger Chad Pasloski unleashing a hate-fuelled verbal attack against driver Sardar Qayyum. The RCMP reopened its investigation into the incident after Global News obtained the video. No charges were laid.
TRANSASIA FLIGHT GE235 CRASH
In what looked like a scene out of an action flick, dashcam footage captured TransAsia flight GE235 crashing into the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan. The plane, rapidly descending sideways, clips a vehicle with its wing before crashing in the river. At least 35 people died from the incident.
MOTHER FALLS TO DEATH IN OPEN ESCALATOR
Cameras captured the moments a young mother in China fell to her death when an escalator shaft crumbled under her feet. The footage shows 30-year-old Xian Liujuan push her two-year-old son to safety as she began to fall into the machinery.
SUSPECT’S GUN JAMS AS HE PREPARES TO SHOOT GOOD SAMARITAN
The heavens were smiling down on a Good Samaritan in New Orleans when he intervened in a mugging. Surveillance cameras captured the moment the suspect turned his attention on the intervener, Peter Gold. The suspect shot Gold in the stomach and when he was about to shoot him in the head, his gun miraculously jams.
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