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Train hero missed college rampage due to TV show

1 year 2 months 3 days ago October 02, 2015 Oct 2, 2015 Friday, October 02 2015 October 02, 2015 3:01 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones
Image: ABC News

ROSEBURG, Ore. - One of three young Americans who stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound train this summer would have been at an Oregon community college where a shooter killed nine people if he had not been rehearsing for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

ABC News reported Friday that Alex Skarlatos of Roseburg, Oregon, told the network's "Good Morning America" program that he would have been attending a class at Umpqua Community College during Thursday's attack.

Skarlatos gained fame when he helped subdue a man who boarded a train with a rifle, a pistol and a box cutter. He was awarded France's highest honor and his popularity won him a spot on the dancing competition show.

Skarlatos has left rehearsals in Los Angeles to be with family and friends in his hometown.

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