- Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento State student has described how he and two of his traveling companions subdued a gunman who opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Anthony Sadler tells The Associated Press that Spencer Stone of the Sacramento area and Alek Skarlatos of Roseburg, Oregon, rushed at the gunman on Friday after hearing a gunshot and breaking glass and then seeing a gunman with an automatic rifle.

Skarlatos is a 22-year-old National Guardsman while Stone is with the Air Force.

Sadler says Stone tackled the gunman and then Skarlatos wrestled the gun away. The gunman stabbed Stone with a box cutter several times before the three Americans beat him and tied him up.

Skarlatos’ step-mother Karen Skarlatos tells the AP from Oregon that Skarlatos finished a deployment in Afghanistan in July and was home in the U.S. for about 10 days before taking a vacation to Europe.


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