Two Off Duty U.S. Marines Thwart Shooter On French Train

Cierra Bailey
Two men used their military training to stop a near tragedy from occurring on a high speed French train.

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train going from Amsterdam to Paris today.

French officials said two American Marines were on board the train and tackled the gunman down. Luckily, no one was fatally shot but three passengers – including both of the Marines – were injured.

One of the men was shot during the struggle and the other stabbed. The one with the gun wound is reportedly in critical condition and the stab wound victim has serious but not life threatening injuries. 

Other passengers who witnessed the frightening event recorded video and took photos later posted on social media. 

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The men reportedly realized something was wrong when they heard what they knew to be a rifle being loaded in the restroom.

“I would like to express our gratitude to and admiration for these two American passengers,” said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve of the heroic act.

“Thanks to the calm composure of the two American passengers, we have avoided a tragedy. Without them we would have faced a terrible drama. They were particularly courageous and showed extreme bravery in extremely difficult circumstances.”

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The suspect is a 26-year-old Moroccan man who reportedly had six full magazines of ammunition holding nearly 200 rounds in addition to carrying a knife, he could have done a whole lot of damage.