Former New Orleans resident wounded in Paris

Former New Orleans resident wounded in Paris

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After the terrorist attack in Paris, friends of an American woman, who used to live in New Orleans, and was wounded, are praying for her recovery. This, as people across the nation remember the victims.

"We knew she was there but she wasn't replying, she wasn't replying," Jason Berry explained of his friend, Helen Wilson.

Berry describes a frantic scene Friday night, trying to track down his friend. Wilson, hours earlier, posted on Facebook, she was going to the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan. Berry soon learned his friend survived the mass shooting there, but was wounded.

"Both legs were hit, one bullet passed through her friend and hit her and then she was hit by another one," Berry explained.

In an interview with The Telegraph in London, Wilson, who used to live in New Orleans and work at the House of Blues, said five or six guys with machine guns and shotguns walked into the concert hall and opened fire. Her friend, Nick Alexander, a merchandiser working with the band, was hit. Wilson said she held him in her arms, and gave him mouth to mouth resuscitation trying, unsuccessfully, to keep him alive.

"Every time I think about it, I try to picture it, it just overwhelms me. I can't imagine what she must be going through, I just can't imagine," Berry said.

In New Orleans Saturday night, French nationals and friends gathered outside the French Consulate on Poydras Street singing the country's national anthem while praying for peace.

"I am so horrified by the tragedy that's taken place in Paris and I wanted to come out in compassionate solidarity and support," New Orleanian Michelle Longino said.

For Helen Wilson's friend, Jason Berry, the shock of the terrorist act hasn't fully worn off.

"I think everyone's pretty traumatized by it," Berry commented.

He's thankful his friend survived, as so many scores of others aren't as lucky.

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