“What is really important to remember is that local people took this guy on,” said Kevin McCabe, an Irish expatriate who now lives in Tunisia. “They were unarmed but they chased him and others did everything they could to save the foreigners.”
Staff members of the Bellevue Hotel are credited with forming a human shield between the gunman and the Western tourists he was targeting.
“You will have to get past us, but we’re Muslim,” a staff member reportedly told the gunmen.
Despite being unarmed, some locals even used improvised weapons while waiting for police to arrive.
“Workmen on the roof above threw cement and bricks at him trying to kill him,” said Mohammed Kamis, a local shopkeeper. “Then he turned the corner and the police saw him and he was killed.”
Despite their valiant efforts, the gunman, Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui, managed to kill 38 people in his ISIS-inspired attack.