'We Just Got Very Lucky': Hero Recalls Taking Down France Train Gunman
Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos said on last night’s “On The Record” that he and his two friends “got very lucky” when they tackled and disarmed a gunman on a France train.
Skarlatos, Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone and Sacramento State University senior Anthony Sadler were traveling on a train between Amsterdam and Paris when Skarlatos heard glass breaking. The three men quickly jumped into action and took down a gunman aboard the high-speed train. They then administered first aid to Mark Moogalian, the French-American professor who was shot when he confronted the gunman.
Skarlatos recalled how he tried to shoot the gunman with the suspect’s own handgun, but it was out of bullets. He also tried to fire the gunman’s AK-47 at him, but that didn’t work, either. So Skarlatos said he beat the gunman over the head with his AK-47 as Stone kept him in a chokehold until he fell unconscious.
“We, frankly, just got very, very lucky,” Skarlatos said, explaining that the suspect was only able to fire one round with his handgun and that his AK-47 wasn’t working.
“So I mean we just got lucky in five or six different ways. I mean any – if any one of those things went different, we all would have died,” he said.
Tune in Sunday at 9p ET to watch “Terror on the Tracks: An American Hero’s Story” with Greta Van Susteren.