American Service Members Subdue Gunman Who Unleashed Attack Aboard High-Speed Train Bound for Paris

The train was bound for Paris from Amsterdam.

— -- At least two American service members helped subdue a man armed with an automatic weapon and a knife after he attacked people aboard a high-speed train bound for Paris, officials said.

Two passengers were injured in the attack -- one of the Americans who subdued the gunman as well as a French actor, said Bernard Cazeneuve, France's Minister of the Interior.

The wounded American is a member of the U.S. Air Force, officials said. The military member's injuries are non-life-threatening, the U.S. European Command said.

Assisting him was a member of the Oregon National Guard who was on personal leave in France, according to Stephen Bomar, spokesman for the Oregon Military Department. The guardsman is a member of the 41st infantry brigade combat team and had just recently returned from Afghanistan. His name was not released.

The French actor is Jean-Hugues Anglade, who appeared in the 1986 cult film "Betty Blue," according to the Minister of the Interior. His injuries were non-life-threatening.

The attack occurred at 5:45 p.m as the was traveling through Belgium, and Americans intervened.

“I can confirm they are Americans who subdued the gunman but nothing more,” said Capt. Richard Ulsh, a spokesman for U.S. Marine Forces Europe.

The suspect was taken into custody and the train was evacuated after it stopped at the Arras station, about 2 hours northeast of Paris.

The motive for the attack was unknown.

"The President was updated this evening on the attack aboard the Paris-bound train," a White House official said. "The President's thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims of this attack, and he wishes them speedy and full recoveries."

The French Anti-terrorism Unit is investigating, the spokesman said.

Additional reporting by Luis Martinez