Just to clarify some items from yesterday, since first reports, as almost always, were wrong. There were three Americans involved in taking down the jihadi: one civilian, one Air Force, and one National Guardsman, who’d recently returned from Afghanistan. The report that they were Marines probably originated with the French, the usual fog and confusion in a crisis.
Regardless of their specific status, however, I think we can all agree these men are undeniable badasses:
A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before three American passengers subdued him, according to officials and one of the Americans involved.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in Arras in northern France where the suspect was detained, said one of the American passengers was hospitalized with serious wounds.
Two of the Americans were in the military, according to their traveling companion and childhood friend Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University. He told The Associated Press that the injured American was Spencer Stone of the Sacramento area and the other was Alek Skarlatos of Roseburg, Oregon.
“We heard a gunshot, and we heard glass breaking behind us, and saw a train employee sprint past us down the aisle,” Sadler said from France, describing the drama. Then, they saw a gunman entering the train car with an automatic rifle, he said.
“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.”
Another passenger helped tie the gunman up, and Stone then helped another passenger who had been wounded in the throat and losing blood, Sadler said.
“The gunman never said a word,” he added.
The Pentagon described Stone’s injuries as not life-threatening.
This should also serve as a reminder that the jihad, their war on us, hasn’t ended, and that any place at any time could become a battlefield.
They’re still trying to kill us.
via Charles Rankin