Saturday, August 22, 2015

Best Description of What the Americans Did When a Terrorist Attacked a Train in France

After a couple rough weeks -just getting caught up on a lot of stories - and I figure with this being the end of summer - a lot of you might have gotten a little behind.  So here is the most detailed account I could find on the French train attack foiled by three Americans who were then joined by a Brit.

'Get him': How four men foiled a bloody French train attack

UPDATED 9:07 a.m. ET

First they heard the click of a gun being loaded inside a closed bathroom, then the passengers, who a few moments later would become heroes, saw a man wielding a machine gun as their high-speed train chugged through France.

Spencer Stone, a member of the U.S. Air Force, and his friend Alek Skarlatos, of the U.S. National Guard, immediately looked at each other.

"Get him," Skarlatos, 22, said. And like that, Stone jumped out of his seat, ran about 32 feet, and tackled the gunman, who was also carrying a knife.

Skarlatos and another friend, Anthony Sadler, a college student from California, quickly followed, dog piling on the attacker, who police would later identify as a 26-year-old of Moroccan descent. British consultant Chris Norman, who initially dug down in his seat when he saw the weapon, joined in to get the gunman under control. Skarlatos, who is from Oregon, grabbed the gun and hit the attacker in the head, his brother, Peter Skarlatos, told CNN.

"We ended up by tying him up then during the process the guy actually came out, he pulled out a cutter and started cutting Spencer," Norman, 62, told broadcaster iTV early Saturday morning local time. "He cut Spencer behind the neck. He nearly cut his thumb off. Spencer held him and we eventually got him under control. We got the terrorist." But Stone, who is from California, didn't stop there. While he he was bleeding, he helped another injured person. "He just went over there and saved his life," Sadler said.
 For the rest of Brittany Levine Beckman's story go to Mashable's website.

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