Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris.

American Margot Schmorak was eating outside at a restaurant a half-block away from Le Petit Cambodge, a restaurant where gunmen opened fire on patrons.

She said she heard gunshots and then saw people running around the the corner, so she and her friends ran inside the restaurant.

"You know, you have this moment where time slows down, where you have to make a split-second decision about what to do," Schmorak said. "And I remember thinking, 'I think those are gunshots. I don't want to die today.' And I just ran inside."

She said that people remained calm in the restaurant, for the most part.

"Personally, I was very scared. But a lot of other people were taking it a little more calmly than I was, honestly," Schmorak said.

She said that after about three hours they walked back to their hotel as quickly as they could.

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