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we're back here next sunday at 11:00 and 5:00 eastern and we'll be back here with the latest buzz. fox news alert. we're awaiting a news conference with three americans who were being hailed as heros after taking down a gunman on a paris-bound train averting a possible bloodbath. this as we learn more about the suspect in that foiled attack. authorities identifying him at a 26-year-old moroccan with ties to radical islam. according to them he was already known to investigators across three different countries. hello, everyone. welcome to america's news headquarters. i'm gregg jarrett in for eric shawn. >> and i'm molly line in for arthel neville. getting a first look at cell phone video taken inside the train moments after the dramatic takedown when the three americans tackled the suspect and then tied him up.
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will carr has more from our west coast newsroom. will. >> reporter: hi, mole, hi, gregg. the more we learn about these three americans and the decisions that they made in just a matter of seconds, the more that you realize that these three who were vacationing in europe and grew up as childhood friends are really heros and why so many people are calling them heros. on your screen going from left to right, they are spencer stone, a u.s. air man and we do have a picture of all three, anthony sadler, a senior at sacramento state university and then alex scarlotto, a specialist in the national guard from oregon returning from a deployment in afghanistan. now, authorities say that a passenger ran into this suspect on the train holding an ak-47. the suspect has been i.d. eid as ayoub el khazzani. he has a accomplish cough, ak-47, a pistol and a box
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cutter, and when he ran into the passenger initially, several shots were fired. one person was hit. that's when the three americans sprang into action. listen to sadler recall the split-second decision they made to run towards the gunfire. >> spencer got up, he got up and i saw them get up so i got up and then we all ran back there and we tried to do whatever we could to beat him up so he didn't shoot anybody. >> stone who is thickly built and loves martial arts pulled out a box cutter while he started to slash him and the other two americans ultimately beat him unconscious. a nearby british passenger ripped off his tie and all the men hog tied the suspect until authorities got to the train. we're also learning that stone, who was badly cut from that box cutter, immediately rushed to the side of the passenger who had been shot and may have helped save his life. all three americans took a phone call from president obama yesterday to congratulate them on their courage and quick
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action. as for the suspect el chaekhazz we're learning he was known to three countries because of his radical ties to islam, france, belgium and spain. there are some discrepancies between authorities in spain and france about his recent travels, but it is believed he recently spent some time in syria. he's now being questioned in france. his attorney has come out and said that he is shocked because he simply wanted to rob the train, and he's shocked that he's now being treated as a terrorist. greg and molly. >> will, can i not wait to hear their firsthand account. thanks so much for your information, and just a reminder that these three americans are expected to speak at any moment from paris. we will bring that to you live as soon as it gets under way. gregg? >> hillary clinton's campaign could take another hit over reports of a possible second server used by the former secretary of state. now, the company that has been managing her e-mail network after she left the state department has suggested it transferred e-mails from her
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original server. all this amid recent polling data showing the democratic front-runner's numbers on the decline. more live from washington with more. >> reporter: despite the clinton's campaigns best efforts to focus on anything but the e-mail issue it continues to follow her wherever she goes goes and it dominated all the sunday shows this morning. on "fox news sunday," general mike mukasey, a former attorney general, said this is not a criminal witch-hunt but political investigation being conducted by a non-partisan bureau. >> to say the investigation is not of someone personally is ridiculous. the fbi does not investigate machines. it investigates people, and she's certainly one of the people who is being investigated. >> clinton supporters strongly disagreed and turned out in droves on sunday shows to reiterate what the campaign has been saying all week, this is really about the government's dysfunctional system for handling classified materials. >> it's not a criminal investigation.
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this is about the low side computer system at the state department which is unsecure which only carries unclassified e-mails. that's what we're talking about. >> and we're just getting word that that press conference is beginning in paris right now. the three young men that were involved in taking down this terrorist, let's take a listen. >> for their heartfelt outpouring of support and concern for these young men. i also extend my thanks to the french authorities, doctors, nurses and everyone who took such good care of them after the attack. we often use the word hero, and in this case i think that word has never been more appropriate. i know these young men sitting with me won't like it because even in the brief period that we've known each other they are so humble but they are truly
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heros. president obama said during his phone call with president hollande last night these three brave young americans, along with the french and british passeng passenger, demonstrated remarkable bravery and acted without regard for their own safety in order to subdue a heavily armed individual who appeared intent on causing mass casualties. when most of us would run away, spencer, alex and anthony ran into the line of fire saying let's go, and those words changed the fate of many. i also, of course, commend the other passengers, french and british, who displayed equal
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heroism in confronting the assailant, and i add my personal thanks and gratitude to these young men who demonstrated the very best of america through their selfless actions. as a representative of my country, as an american and as a mother of a son not much older than you i am so proud to be sitting here with you. thank you so much. and now we will take a couple of questions, and i'm going to let mike, who is standing to my rest, call on you and thank you so much for being here >> thank you ma'am. we'll take a couple of questions. i have one mobile microphone so
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bear with me. i'll get it to you as quick as i k.please identify yourself, state your question, direct it to one of the gentlemen, if you like or they can decide who will take it. may i have a show of hands. maggie, can we start with you. >> my question is for spencer. can you describe the sequence of events from the moment you left your seat and what prompted you to react the way that you did. >> it's kind of a long story, but i kind of just woke up from the middle of a deep sleep, and my friend antley -- alex was sitting next to me. anthony was across to my right side, and i turned around and i saw he had what looked to be an ak-47 and it looked like it was jammed and it wasn't working and he was trying to charge the weapon and alec hit me on the shoulder and said let's go. ran down and tackled him.
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we hit the ground and alec came up and grabbed the gun out of his hand while i put him in a cheek hold. he kept pulling more weapons left and right and took out a handgun, took that. took out a box cutter and started jabbing at me with that, we let go. all three of us started punching him while he was in the middle of us, and then i was able to grab him again and choke him unconscious while alec was hitting him in the head with the pistol or rifle, i can't really remember, but that's pretty much what happened. >> were you scared? >> what were you thinking? >> survival. to survive and for my friends and everyone else on the train to make it. >> yes, sir, please identify yourself. >> charlie daggett of cbs news. spencer, has it sunk in yet what
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has happened? have you thought about what may have happened if you hadn't intervened? >> well, no, it hasn't at all. it feels very unreal. it feels like a dream so i don't really know what to say. >> have you thought about the consequences of what would have happened if you hadn't acted? >> well, yeah, the guy had a lot of ammo. his intentions were pretty clear, but, i mean, you can speculate all day long, but, i mean, like spencer said, it really hasn't sunk in and it doesn't really seem real, but that's the best i can answer that question i guess. >> skiff your question. >> david wright with abc news. spencer, i gather that after you were injured you rendered first aid to one of the passengers who was injured. can you tell me what you were able to do for him and how he is
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doing. >> i didn't even -- other than my finger i didn't really feel any of my other injuries. i knew i was bleeding, but i didn't know they were that bad. i went over and saw he was squirting blood out of the left or right side of his neck and i was going to use my shirt at first and realized that wouldn't work and i stuck two of my fingers in the hole and found what i thought to be the artery and pushed down and the bleeding stopped so i just said thank god and held that position until the paramedics got there. >> amazing. >> next question, please. don't be shy, please. yes, ma'am, and identify yourself, please. >> thank you very much. hello. nbc news. this is for alek and anthony, can you tell me at what point was the gunshot went off. was it during the struggle, and was it a stray bullet or was it specifically aimed at someone, and have you sort of digested the magnitude of the reaction to all of this through your heroic action?
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thank you. >> the gunshot was probably the first noise i heard and then that was followed by some breaking glass so the gunshot was one of the -- pretty much the first thing that came to our attention. i didn't know that it was a gunshot at the time but that was like the first thing i heard. >> was it aimed at someone? >> oh, it didn't -- it was behind me so i had no idea where he was aiming or what he intended to do, but, yeah, that was the first thing that happened. >> and the reaction to all of this, is this something that you expect, like twitter and social media? >> personally i thought they were just going to let us go after questioning. >> anthony? >> initially kind of after it happened i kind of knew, realized the magnitude. i didn't quite understand that
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all this would happen, but i knew that it was something very serious because we were traveling internationally and my two friends are off-duty military so i just knew -- i two it would be bigger than just the initial investigation, but i had no idea it would get like this. >> next question preferably from one of my french colleagues. >> yeah. >> yes, sir. >> identify yourself, please. and hold the microphone very close. >> thanks, guys, for what you did, and my question is very simple. could you just tell us what you thought, this guy and can you tell us about this guy and my second question is what are you going to do right now, and what are you going back to america? thank you. >> sir, can you repeat the first
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question, please. >> sorry. >> the french minister talked about french guy with the first act before you, this guy, and i would like to -- you to just describe if you have any information about this french guy or what he did really and when are you going back to america and what are you going to do, thank you? >> i personally don't have a lot of information on him but i heard that he started the struggle at first so i feel like he deserves a lot of the credit because if it wasn't for him, you know, maybe it could have been way different, and i don't know when i'm going back. i know my friend anthony should be going back shortly and me and alek and my family and his family should be heading to somewhere in germany for medical care and then from there we don't know. >> next question, sophie. no, it's sylvie.
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sorry, the mike. >> thank you for what you did. for those people who are watching this around the world, because that's what it is, is there a lesson that you would want to convey maybe for yourself and for others? i realize it has been quite something, as you said, but if you have a thought for others, what lessons they might gain from that. >> these are my friends and i was the third one to get up, and i just like want the lesson to be learned that basically in times of crisis like that i would -- i want it to be learned ed that basically you can do something. hiding or sitting back is not going to accomplish anything and
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the gunman would have been successful if my friend spencer had not gotten up so i just want that lesson to be learned going forward. in times of like terror like that, to please do something. don't just stand by and watch. >> have you had any news on the man you helped in the train and. [ inaudible ] ? >> when i was talking to him on the ground he said he was from virginia, but the information he has he seems to be doing well, and he should have a full recovery and surgery soon, so we're glad that he's going to be all right. >> i also spoke to his wife yesterday, and he's doing pretty well. >> i was wondering if you guys could tell me, i mean, what the
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lesson was, spencer and alek, i wonder what you think, if your training at all helped in being able to assess the situation and act quickly and, you know, the state of awareness that other people should have in situations like this, and then also i wonder if you could describe the assailant a little bit, what he looked like. >> oh, well i feel like our training mostly kicked in after the assailant was already subdued frankly when it couple to medical care and things like that and providing security, making sure there wasn't another shooter but in the beginning it was more than just gun instincts, basically survival like what spencer said and then what was the other part. >> describe him. in other words, is there a
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stable awareness people should have? >> i didn't have a stable awareness. it was a conscious decision. not much thinking going on on my end. >> spencer? >> no, not at all. >> can you describe him. >> he was about -- he was skinny, like probably 160, 170. >> about 5'10", yeah, pretty skinny. he never said a word. he just basically came in and when he entered the car we saw him cocking the ak-47 so at that time it was either do something or not. >> his lawyer says he was going to rob people, not be a terrorist. >> we have to follow the rules. >> i'm going to ask that question. i have two questions. one was we hear that you weren't
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even supposed to be in that car, is that right, and the second one is that the government has spoken to his lawyer who says he had no terrorist intentions, that he didn't even fire a shot and that he was a homeless man. i wonder what your reaction is to that. thank you. >> well, we had -- we had first class tickets to the carriage world incident took place, and we were sitting in a different carriage because we couldn't find it at first. we decided to get up because the wi-fi wasn't so good in that car and we were like we have first class so we might as well go sit in first class so we just decided to go to the car about half an hour into the train ride and to the point that he was just trying to rob the train, it doesn't take eight magazines to rob a train. >> next question, please. sir. >> for the three of you, you are
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all from sacramento, you've been friends for a very, very long time. does that back story work into the fact that you get woken up and you go, that you have trust? >> well, i trust both my friends very much, and if it wasn't for them, i would have been dead and so we all had a critical role in whatever happened, and everyone else that helped, conductors, the guy at bathroom so everyone played their own part. no one specifically is to praise, i feel like so. >> i know for me personally, i don't know what i would have done if i was by myself, i don't know. i saw -- i saw spencer get up. i saw alek get up and those are my close i was just like i couldn't let them go alone that's totally the whole reason i got up out of my seat. >> i would also like to say thanks to chris for helping us out. he helped tie the gunman up, and he also was very helpful
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afterwards as well just because he spoke both languages. >> first question, i have to ask these fellows. you doing all right. can you take a couple more? >> it's fine. >> all right. next question, yes, ma'am. >> how would you describe the mental state of the assailant. if you could describe, you know, what kind of state you felt he was in when you went to get in and then afterwards. >> i can't really tell you. he seemed like he was ready to fight to the end so -- and so were we. >> let me give this to you first. speak right into the microphone. it's a little hard. thank you.
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>> dispatch media are reporting that this man might have had some sort of flammable liquid with him, possibly gasoline. maybe there was an intention of setting fire to the train. when you went through his satchel, did you see anything thatty will assembled that? >> i went through his satchel and there was nothing, just magazines and a few little things in the front. there was no container of liquid or anything like that. >> all right. let's try to limit it to two more, is that fair? yes, sir. >> michael byrnebalm from "the washington post." spencer and alek, i wanted to ask you based on your military training, as you saw the shooter operating the gun, did he seem to be trained? did he seem to know what he was doing, and could he have inflicted more damage.
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>> yes. he clearly had no firearms training whatsoever and, yes, if you knew what he was doing or even just got lucky and did the right thing he would have been able to operate through all eight of those magazines and we wouldn't be here today along with a lot of other people. >> tomorrow you are about to be welcomed by several french ministers and the belgian prime minister. what do you feel about it and how does it make you feel? >> it feels pretty crazy. i never thought i would be here in this position so it's -- it's unreal, like i said before. >> i'm still waiting to wake up. this all just seems like a movie
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scene or something. like you say the word to describe it is pretty unreal. >> thank you very much, gentlemen. please join me in -- >> yeah. i just wanted to say to the french people, you guys have been more than kind and the medical staff and everyone. the surgical team that reattached my thumb and my tendon and nerves and everything like that, thank you, all the nurses, techs, paramedics, they were great so thank you. >> the police and ours, too, they took good care of us for the day or two we were there. we really appreciate that. >> thanks very much. >> thanks, everybody. >> we have just finished watching this incredible press conference. they are so humble, and they are so thankful despite the fact that the french people there and even the journalists there in that room saying that these young men, spencer stone, anthony sadler and alek skarlatos hailed as heros, they
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talked about their survival instinct kicking in and taking action that may very well have prevented this bloodbath. >> oh, surely. let's go to ambassador john bolton who is standing by, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations. ambassador, you and i were going to talk about something else, but we -- this has overtaken us. i want to get your reaction. >> well, really, it was inspiring. i mean, the humility that we just saw, the absolute dedication to they said saving themselves but obviously it was to save the others on the train, and i hate to disagree with anything they said, but i would disagree in one respect is that their training, the two military service members kicked in right at the outset. at is the ambassador said the normal reaction of a civilian would be to run in the other direction and the military training says your best safety is to stop the fire before it gets worse and really i would not have had to think what the
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outcome might have been had they not acted. >> thanks so much. sorry we didn't get to talk about some other world matters. >> it's an honor to watch the -- >> yeah. >> incredible. >>ies that it for now. >> arthel neville and eric shawn up next. when heartburn comes creeping up on you. fight back with relief so smooth and fast. tums smoothies starts dissolving the instant it touches your tongue. and neutralizes stomach acid at the source. tum-tum-tum-tum-tums smoothies, only from tums. go get help, boy. go get help. go get help! right now!
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