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Heroic American Injured After Charging Terrorist, Ignored His Wounds, Saved Bleeding Passenger’s Life

August 23, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Heroic American Injured After Charging Terrorist, Ignored His Wounds, Saved Bleeding Passenger’s Life

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The heroic American who was injured while charging a gunman onboard a train in northern France tended to another injured passenger before he was treated for his own wounds, his hero pals said.

Air Force service member Spencer Stone ran down the aisle at a shirtless shooter Friday after his buddy, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, yelled, “Go get him!” Stone tackled the gunman, who sliced him in the hand and neck with a box-cutter multiple times.

But the scrawny man, identified as 26-year-old Ayoub El-Khazzani, was soon overpowered by Stone, who stands at 6′ 4″, Skarlatos, college student Anthony Sadler and British passenger Chris Norman.

As Stone bled from the nape of his neck and his battered thumb, he immediately attended to another wounded passenger who was bleeding profusely from the neck, according to Sadler and cellphone video.

A third passenger, a French-American, was also injured from a handgun.

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An undated photo shows the 26-year-old Moroccan suspect in Friday’s shooting, named as Ayoub El-Khazzani, who was overpowered by two U.S. servicemen and other passengers.

“I’m really proud of my friend,” Sadler told reporters, noting Stone stopped the man’s bleeding entirely. “He just reacted so quickly and bravely. Even after being injured, he helped the other man. Without his help, he would’ve died.”

Stone was expected to undergo surgery in his hand Saturday and left the Lesquin hospital in Lille the same day, humbley waving to cameras with the arm not in a sling.

He had a bandage over his right eye, and the marks from his knife wounds were visible. Stone appeared in a hospital staff shirt under his black jacket after he was transported to the hospital without a shirt.

A man lies on the on floor in the Amsterdam to Paris Thalys high-speed train where shots were fired and several people were injured.

A man lies on the on floor in the Amsterdam to Paris Thalys high-speed train where shots were fired and several people were injured.

Stone himself is in “good spirits” and “disbelief it happened,” said his courageous pals, who traversed the train of 554 passengers to see if any other gunmen were onboard.

Stone and Sadler had been “snoozing” on the vacation ride when Skarlatos heard the sound of a magazine “being jammed or changed out” and immediately woke his friends up as El-Khazzani entered their car, number 13, dad Emanuel Skarlatos told CNN.

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U.S. Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone is seen at the Arras train station on Friday after he, along with two other Americans and a British man, brought down a gunman onboard the high-speed train.

As the men held El-Khazzani down, he barely spoke. “He didn’t say anything,” Sadler told the AFP. “He was just telling us to give back his gun. ‘Give me back my gun! Give me back my gun!’ But we just carried on beating him up and immobilized him and that was it.”

Stone put the assailant in a chokehold, which is when El-Khazzani pulled out the box-cutter and slashed at Stone’s head, prompting Skarlatos to pick up the Kalashnikov and he “bashed the guy in the head several times,” Emanuel Skarlatos said.

The National Guardsman then took the automatic rifle with him to seek out other terrorists and applied first aid.

Norman, who held down El-Khazzani’s arm before hogtying him with his necktie, said he believes the assailant’s automatic rifle backfired, accounting for the minimal loss of life.The shooter had brought nine magazines with him, officials said.

Norman, a married father of two, joined in the melee to bring down the shooter because he said he had nothing to lose in that moment.

From left to right) Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler aboard the Paris-bound train in France on August 21, just hours before they and a British IT worker subdued the attacker.

From left to right) Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler aboard the Paris-bound train in France on August 21, just hours before they and a British IT worker subdued the attacker.

“My thought was, ‘I’m probably going to die anyway. I’d rather die trying to bring this person down,'” he told a press conference Saturday.

A French passenger who first ran into the heavily armed lunatic while trying to enter a bathroom in car number 12 also tried to subdue the gunman but was unsuccessful and prompted the shooter to fire.

Video from the scene also shows the shirtless gunman hogtied unconscious on the ground near Stone, and his automatic rifle rests against a plush red seat.

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(L-R) Three men who helped to disarm an attacker on a train from Amsterdam to France, Anthony Sadler, from Pittsburg, California, Alek Skarlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, and Chris Norman, a British man living in France, pose with medals they received for their bravery at a restaurant in Arras.

The gunman is a Moroccan national who had been flagged by Spanish authorities last year for links to Islamic radical movements, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters. He was not under surveillance.

El-Khazzani was identified by his fingerprints, according to the Associated Press’ anonymous source. He was spotted in Berlin in May before heading to Turkey, causing French officials to alert Spanish colleagues.

The suspect lived in Spain until 2014, then moved to France, travelled to Syria, and then returned to France, according to a Spanish anti-terrorism official. But French officials said he lived in Belgium without saying he resided in France.

Belgian officials are assisting in the investigation, led by French authorities, because the suspect got on the train in Belgium. Security at rail stations will be raised, and more baggage checks will be carried out.

French newspaper Le Voix du Nord said the suspect may have had connections to a group involved in a suspected extremist shooting in Belgium in January. The Belgian government confirmed an inquiry but declined further comment.

A senior security official told CNN El-Khazzani was sympathetic to ISIS, but authorities have not yet determined his motive or loyalties.

Ayoub El-Qahzzani denied being a terrorist and said he had just found the AK-47, the French paper reported.

 

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