A pair of US Marines riding on a French train disarmed an apparently Islamist shooter intent on mass murder.
Chalk up a victory for situational awareness:
Belgian journalist Marin Buxant Tweeted that the US Marines were on leave in Brussels when they spotted the man and followed him on the train. When the suspect went into the toilet, the Marines recognised the sound of a weapon being armed and decided to act immediately.
The Marines overpowered the attacker, 26-year old Ayoub Qazzani; one of them was wounded in the neck, but his injuries are apparently not.life-threatening.
President Obama has praised the leathernecks – so i suspect the obvious case of profiling might go uncharged.
I feel a lot better about being an American today.
PS: I’m counting the minutes until Heather Martens puts out a press release noting that since the Marines resisted a mass shooter without guns, so can the rest of us.
UPDATE: The heroes were apparently, according to the AP, , an Air Force veteran and a Nationsl Guardsman, as well as a civilian college student.
Lessons learned: A) Never trust the mainstream media in any of these stories, for at least the first couple of hours. B) All American service people apparently look alike to Europeans. C) Even better; they weren’t Superman. Just average guys on vacation.
Provided the Associated Press got the story right, anyway….