When Mark Moogalian saw the gunman on the train, he was the first to rush him and tried to wrest an assault rifle from his grip.
The two men struggled, and Moogalian was shot in the neck. The French-American collapsed to the floor, bleeding heavily.
He made eye contact with his wife. “C’est fini,” Moogalian told her. “It’s over.” “I really thought he was going to die,” his wife Isabelle Risacher Moogalian said.
In an exclusive TV interview, Risacher Moogalian told CNN her husband played dead to avoid getting shot again.
Moogalian was one of five passengers on the Amsterdam-to-Paris train to try to disarm the gunman, who wielded enough weaponry to kill everyone on board.
The French prosecutor said the suspect, Ayoub El Khazzani, had an AKM assault rifle with 270 rounds of ammunition, a Luger M80 pistol with a full cartridge, a box-cutter and a water-bottle-sized container full of gasoline.
“I thought to myself, everyone on this train is going to die,” Risacher Moogalian said.
But no one died, thanks to four other men who helped subdue the assailant Friday.
Moogalian is recovering at a hospital in France and could be released from the emergency room Wednesday, his wife said.
Once he’s recovered, he will be awarded with the Legion of Honor — France’s highest recognition.
The four other men who helped bring down the gunmen have already received the Legion of Honor:Briton Chris Norman and Americans Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos.
And the awards keep coming.