No word on whether or not they kicked the living shit out of him for his trouble but one can certainly hope so.
(CNN)A massacre on a high-speed train in France was prevented Friday when two U.S. Marines in civilian clothing surprised an Islamist militant, a senior European counterterrorism official told CNN.
The suspect was loading his automatic Kalashnikov rifle in a toilet when the two Marines confronted him, the source said.
The gunman fired on the Marines with a handgun, the official said, wounding at least one of them. Three people were injured aboard the Thalys train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, authorities said.
The Marines overpowered the suspect, who was placed under arrest when the train was rerouted to the town of Arras, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) north of Paris. One of the Marines was wounded, the Pentagon said.
The gunman, a Moroccan national, was on the radar screen of European counterterrorism agencies for his radical jihadist views, the official said.
A second security source told CNN the gunman was known by French intelligence. The official said it appeared the gunman was sympathetic to ISIS, but a full determination on his specific loyalties had yet to be reached.
The man had plenty of ammunition, the first official said, and the Marines prevented a massacre.
The attack has not officially been classified as an act of terrorism, although the senior European counterterrorism official indicated it was suspected.
Calling the attack "an attack of barbaric violence," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the anti-terrorism prosecutor's office in Paris will investigate.