When the bare-chested gunman suddenly appeared aboard the speeding Paris-bound train, laden with weapons, passengers at first were stunned.
Then, they sprang into action.
“You’re not going to sit in the corner and die,” British businessman Chris Norman recalls telling himself on Aug. 21, 2015, as he steeled himself to act.
“I was terrified when I first saw him coming up the aisle, but then I got angry,” the 67-year-old recalled Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press before he testified at the suspect’s trial in the French capital.
The thoughts of another passenger who helped thwart the attack on the train that day, French-American citizen Mark Moogalian, weren’t for himself but for his wife when he lunged for the gunman’s Kalashnikov rifle.
“I was trying to protect Isabelle,” Moogalian said, also speaking Thursday before he testified in