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The French-American professor who was praised by President Francois Hollande for trying to bring down an AK-47-wielding gunman on a high-speed train on Friday was shot during the scuffle, according to his wife.

Mark Moogalian saw a man walk into a bathroom with a suitcase for a suspiciously long time, said his wife Isabella Moogalian in an interview with Europe1 radio. Mark Moogalian then rushed toward the man after he emerged with an AK-47.

He then saw the suspect being “grabbed from behind by a different person,” his wife said. That person is thought to be a 29-year-old French banker who has chosen to stay anonymous, according to NBC.

“I did not see my husband get shot, it happened too quickly and I was pretty much hiding behind seats,” Isabella Moogalian said. “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.”

The gunman was finally subdued in the neighboring car by a British businessman and three vacationing Americans, one of whom sustained moderate injuries. Spencer Stone, a 23-year-old U.S. airman who was among the Americans called “heroes” by President Hollande, helped staunch the bleeding from Moogalian’s neck.


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