Terrorists targeted wheelchair-bound victims inside the Bataclan

Caity Stone

An American expat who survived the Paris terror attacks has spoken out about her harrowing experience inside the Bataclan and described in chilling detail how the gunmen hunted down concert-goers in wheelchairs.

Helen Wilson told The Telegraph how gunmen targeted people who were sitting in areas specifically designed for disabled people.

Ms Wilson, who was herself wounded in both legs, witnessed the gunmen gunning down the ‘soft-targets.’

Helen Wilson has spoken out about her survival of the Paris terror attacks. Source: Facebook.
Helen Wilson has spoken out about her survival of the Paris terror attacks. Source: Facebook.

“They went into the back room where there were people in wheelchairs and they just started shooting them and every time anybody tried to get out a guy would come out and start shooting again,” she said.

“The gunmen would stop, they were strolling around. I had my head down, you know. It seemed like a very long time.”

Then gunmen circled fans “like vultures” picking off victims one by one.

Ms Wilson was in attendance at the concert with her ex-boyfriend Nick Alexander when the terror strikes began.

Her ex, a 36-years-old from London, tragically died before her eyes after being fatally wounded.

Nick and Helen were at the Bataclan theatre when the terror attacks began. Source Facebook.
Nick and Helen were at the Bataclan theatre when the terror attacks began. Source Facebook.

Ms Wilson, 49, said she had dated Mr Alexander 'many years ago', and while things hadn't worked out, she still harbored feelings for him.


She tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and held him in her arms as he struggled for his life.

“Nick was in front of me when we were lying on the ground, and somebody moved, and they just turned round and started shooting us," she said.

“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.

In a statement, his family said he was
In a statement, his family said he was

“Then he couldn’t breathe anymore, and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life.”

In a statement, his family said he was "everyone's best friend" and died "doing the job he loved".

"It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night," the statement said.

"Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone's best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal.

"Nick died doing the job he loved, and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world.

"Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light."

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