Update: Chris Norman, a 62-year-old British businessman, rushed to help subdue the gunman after he was tackled by three Americans.
Speaking to reporters Saturday, Norman recounted the terrifying moment when he realised an armed gunman was on board the train.
“I saw someone running down the aisle to the front of the train. I stood up to see what was happening and saw a man with what I think was an AK-47,” he said.
“My first reaction was to sit down and hide. Then I heard an American say ‘go get him’. I decided it was really the only chance was to act as a team and try to take down the assailant.
“My thought was I’m probably going to die anyway so let’s go. I’d rather die active trying to get him down than simply sit in the corner and be shot.”
Norman said that after Stone tackled the gunman and Skarlatos took his weapon away from him, he came in to grab his right arm while another passenger, a French off-duty train conductor, held down the left arm.
“To be honest I don’t why he was unable to get a shot off. I believe his gun jammed, I believe we are all extremely lucky,” he said. France24
Update: The Americans were wrongly identify as Marines : Three Americans are being hailed as heroes Saturday for tackling and disarming a gunman on a high-speed train travelling between Amsterdam and Paris Friday.
Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University, was traveling with childhood friends Spencer Stone, an Air Force serviceman from Carmichael, California, and Alek Skarlatos, a National Guardsmen from Roseburg, Oregon, when they heard a gunshot and breaking glass. FoxNews
Update: Injured in the attack was two U.S. Marines and French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade. One of the Marines was shot in the neck, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The courage of the two U.S. Marines saved a lot of lives.
Chris Norman, a 62-year-old British consultant, told reporters he had been sitting in the same carriage as the Americans when they heard a shot.
“I looked up and saw a guy carrying an AK-47 or at least I assume it was some kind of machine-gun,” he said. “It could have been a real carnage, there’s no question about that.”
Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old member of the U.S. National Guard from Oregon, said his friend, who is also in the military, had been injured while he grappled with the gunman. They eventually got the attacker under control, Norman said.
“I just got back from Afghanistan last month, and this was my vacation from Afghanistan,” Skarlatos said. MSN
Pentagon spokesman Commander William Urban said: ‘We are aware of the reports and can only confirm that one military member was injured in the incident.’
Reports from Spain named the 26-year-old attacker as Ayoub el-Qahzzani. El Pais claimed that the terror suspect had recently been in Syria before returning to Europe to launch his attack. It is understood that the gunman boarded the train, which had more than 550 passengers on board, in Brussels and made his move as soon as it crossed into France. DailyMail
A gunman opened fire aboard a train en route from Amsterdam to Paris. French police have arrested a Moroccan man suspected of opening fire and wielding a knife on the train critically wounding three people. Two U.S. Marines heard the suspect loading the gun in a toilet and overpowered him.
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