The Herald reports:
US servicemen overpowered a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov who opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.
Vive le US military.
As I understand it, they were unarmed, and took him on.
The gunman had a Kalashnikov, an automatic pistol and a box cutter, one police source said.
The suspect, who was arrested when the train stopped at the northern French town of Arras, was a 26-year-old from Morocco or of Moroccan origin who was known to the intelligence services, French investigators said.
So much for claims it might not be a terrorist attack.
“Then the man, who was bare-chested, returned to carriage 12 and someone in a green T-shirt, with a shaved head, saw him and jumped on him and pinned him to the ground.”
Only pinned him? Somewhat disappointing.
A bit more than pin him according to USA Today:
“As he was cocking it to shoot it, Alek just yells, ‘Spencer, go!’ And Spencer runs down the aisle,” Sadler said. “Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a box cutter and slices Spencer a few times. And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious.”
Trapped on a train, the death toll could have been scores if he hadn’t been stopped.