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 Armenian-American Professor 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 interview with CNN.
In an exclusive TV interview, Risacher Moogalian said 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.
Moogalian, who’s currently recovering at a hospital in France, spoke exclusively to Paris Match.
Mark and his wife Isabelle were sitting in carriage 12 with their dog quietly sleeping under the table. They were playing cards to pass the time.
Half an hour after the train stop in Brussels, Mark noticed a man with strange behavior through the glass door.
“I saw a young man arrived with a large suitcase with wheels. He entered the toilet with his luggage. It was odd, unusual. I waited for him to exit, but it dragged on. So I decided to go and see. I got up. I saw him coming out of the toilet.”
“I grabbed the gun. We fought. I do not know how, but I managed to tackle his Kalashnikov,” Moogalian said.