People react as they leave the morgue in Paris on Saturday AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

Nov 14, 2015 10:49 AM

Some Americans among those injured in Paris; NH colleges contacting their students abroad

The Associated Press, CNN and staff reports

An American woman was undergoing surgery late Saturday at a Paris hospital after being wounded in a terror attack in France.

Helen Jane Wilson was at the Bataclan concert hall to hear the Eagles of Death Metal band perform Friday night when gunmen burst into the venue, killing 89 people. Wilson told The Associated Press she was shot in the leg and was heading into surgery at L'hopital Saint-Antoine.

A State Department spokesman confirms that Americans are among the injured in the Paris terror attacks.

The department's deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, says Saturday that "the U.S. Embassy in Paris is working around the clock to assist American citizens affected by this tragedy." He would not comment if any were killed.

CNN, however, was reported one American died. The U.S. victim was identified as Nohemi Gonzalez, 20, of El Monte, California, a junior studying design in Paris for a semester while enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, the school said.

In New Hampshire, colleges were checking up on students studying abroad in Paris. Saint Anselm College reported both its students were confirmed safe - Lincoln Vamos and Brad Rocheville.

University of New Hampshire spokeswoman Erika Mantz also said UNH students in Paris had been contacted and were safe.

There are a total of seven students from UNH in Paris, with two studying there and the other five visiting from other locations, she said. Three other UNH students are studying elsewhere in France and all 10 were accounted for.
A call to Dartmouth College was not immediately returned.

Wilson said she lived in New Orleans before moving to Paris, where she runs Rock en Bol, a catering company. According to her Facebook page, Wilson is originally from Los Angeles.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, considered the deadliest on France since World War II. At least 129 people died Friday night in shootings at cafes, suicide bombings near France's stadium and a massacre inside a concert hall.

French President Francois Holland has declared three days of mourning and raised the nation's security to the highest level.

Some 1,500 extra soldiers have been mobilized to guard key sites around Paris, including Parliament buildings and religious sites. The government has also re-imposed border controls that were abandoned as part of Europe's free-travel zone.

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