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Connecticut native reacts to attacks in France

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Attacks in Nice, France Attacks in Nice, France

A Connecticut native and former Channel 3 employee was enjoying Bastille Day festivities in Nice, France when terror struck. 

Bill Rapp was just two blocks away when the attack happened. 

"People started running past us screaming," Rapp said in an interview over the phone on Thursday night. 

Seconds after a truck armed with exploisves plowed through a crowd of people gathered to watch fireworks, Rapp and his wife Kathryn found themselves in the middle of the chaos. 

"There's scared and then there is terrified. People don't know where to go, what to do, they were just running," Rapp said. 

Rapp and his wife Kathryn moved to Nice last year and had been enjoying the Bastille Day celebrations just two blocks away. 

"People are running in every direction, my wife, I literally grabbed her by the purse strap and looked her in the eye and said 'honey, you need to follow me.' I knew we needed to go away from the direction that people were running from," Rapp said. 

Rapp and his wife got home safely. 

After the panic died down, Rapp walked to the scene of the attack and couldn't believe his eye. 

"It looked as if a stampede had gone through there and I knew dozens, if not hundreds of people had been hurt," Rapp explained. "There were police officers running around with their guns drawn, they were looking at all the people who were still in the pedestrian zone." 

This was the third attack in France since the Rapp's moved there in October. But, Rapp said they refuse to let fear force them from the city they now love, the city they now call home. 

"This is where I love now and I will not be shoved away by something like this," Rapp said.

Rapp and his wife live a short walk away from the scene of the attack.

Eyewitness News will be checking in with him in the days ahead. 

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