Wilson, an American woman who now runs a catering company in Paris, was at the Eagles of Death Metal Concert during Friday night's attacks

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated November 16, 2015 09:25 AM
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A New Orleans native has described how she desperately tried to save Eagles of Death Metal merchandise manager Nick Alexander at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris – but was shot in both legs by attackers.

Helen Wilson, who lives in Paris, said the scene inside the music venue was “mayhem” – with the four terrorists gunning down anyone who tried to run for the exits. She also reveals they specifically targeted disabled concert-goers in their wheelchairs.

Wilson, 49, told London’s Daily Telegraph from her hospital bed that she performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Alexander, her ex-boyfriend, in an attempted to save him.

“Nick was shot in front of me,” Wilson said of the 36-year-old British man. “We heard a couple of noises outside and people started running into the club. We didn’t know what was going on. Then maybe five, six guys came in with machine guns and shotguns and just started shooting people. It was mayhem.”

Wilson was taken to Paris’ Saint-Antoine hospital after being bandaged and receiving a blood transfusion, the Telegraph reported. She underwent surgery on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

She told the Telegraph that whenever people attempted to run out of the concert hall, the four gunmen – now identified as members of ISIS – would shoot them.

“We got down on the floor,” she said. “I was afraid whenever I heard a step behind me … they machine-gunned everybody.”

Wilson said that Alexander was lying on the ground near her when someone moved, attracting the attention of the gunmen, who immediately started shooting at them.

“His back was to me and I couldn’t see what happened and I tried to keep him talking and then I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and they [the gunmen] were just sort of in the shadows and they would shoot if anyone said anything,” she told the paper. “Then he couldn’t breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life.”

Wilson, who said she had previously been romantically involved with Alexander, also detailed the gunmen’s deliberate targeting of disabled concertgoers. She said they sought out those sitting in areas for wheelchair users.

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At least 89 people were killed inside the Bataclan, the single deadliest site of the wave of attacks. A total of at least 129 people were killed and 352 injured.

Formerly an employee of the House of Blues in New Orleans, according to NOLA.com, Wilson now runs a catering business called Rock en Bol in Paris, reported the Associated Press.

Alexander’s family confirmed his death in a statement on Saturday. The merch manager had also held similar roles on tours for brands like Sum 41, Panic! at the Disco and the Black Keys.

“It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night,” his family wrote in the statement. “Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend generous, funny and fiercely loyal.”