A French-American professor who was hailed by President Francois Hollande for his "courage" was shot while trying to to disarm a gunman wielding an AK-47 aboard a high-speed train, according to his wife.
Mark Moogalian, who is reportedly a 51-year-old academic originally from Midlothian, Virginia, spotted a suspicious passenger while traveling on the Amsterdam to Paris train Friday.
"My husband told me that he had seen someone strange because he had entered the toilets with his suitcase and it lasted a long time," Moogalian's wife Isabelle told Europe1 radio Monday. "A little while later the guy came out and that’s when he saw that the guy was carrying a gun."
Isabelle Moogalian, who was also aboard the train, said her husband spotted the gunman "being grabbed from behind by a different person" — thought to be a 29-year-old French banker who has chosen to stay anonymous.
Mark Moogalian told his wife to "go" and then "rushed towards the gunman to remove ... the Kalashnikov."
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She added: "I did not see my husband get shot, it happened too quickly and I was pretty much hiding behind seats. But I look at my husband through the seats at an angle and he looked straight at me and said, 'I'm hit!' ... There was blood everywhere. I ran towards him and I could see that he a wound on his back, I then saw another wound by his neck."