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A Texas rabbi threw a chair at the gunman before he and two other hostages escaped

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One of the hostages who escaped from a gunman holding three people captive in a Texas synagogue over the weekend has recounted the harrowing final …
One of the hostages who escaped from a gunman holding three people captive in a Texas synagogue over the weekend has recounted the harrowing final moments of the tense 10-hour standoff. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said in an interview with CBS This Morning that at one point he noticed the gunman wasn’t in a good position, and Cytron-Walker made sure the other two hostages were ready to flee. “I told them to go. I threw a chair at the gunman. And I headed for the door. And all three of us were able to get out without even a shot being fired,” Cytron-Walker said. Video from the local TV station WFAA shows three people run out of the synagogue before a fourth person emerges holding what appears to be a gun. The person then retreats back inside, and moments later police breached the synagogue. A fourth hostage had been freed earlier in the day. Cytron-Walker’s comments came just hours after the FBI identified the alleged hostage taker as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British man. Akram died on the scene, but authorities haven’t said if he took his own life or was killed by police. President Biden called the incident an “act of terror,” and federal authorities say they are now investigating it as terrorism.

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