GR woman was near Paris hostage situation

A police officer takes cover behind a car while a rescue worker runs outside the Bataclan theater in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

PARIS (WOOD) — 24 Hour News 8 talked to a Grand Rapids woman who is in Paris. Erica Curry Vanee is visiting for a global AirBNB conference.

She talked to 24 Hour News 8 from her Paris hotel room Friday night, she said she was dining out at a restaurant in the same neighborhood where the hostage situation took place.

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“I was shaken and shaking and you know I’m still up from it,” Curry Vanee said.

Curry Vanee said she didn’t realize anything had happened until the restaurant owner turned on the television.

“We ended up locking the door of the restaurant, the restaurant owner pushed a table aside and opened up the cellar door and we just prepared to go into a lock down setting.”

Eventually Curry Vanee was able to get a ride to her hotel.

“Just to watch the people of Paris, you can see their hearts sink. Everyone is glued to the TVs. The whole lobby is filled with probably 20 people,” Curry Vanee said.


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