TODAY | December 20, 2013
>>> happy friday. we're back at 7:42 with a man involved in a dramatic scene we first showed you on thursday.
>> you probably remember this video. he was minding his own business on a seattle bus when a man walked up and pointed a gun in his face. he jumped up and grabbed the weapon and soon other riders helped subdue the suspect. well, casey morgan is with us exclusively. good to have you.
>> good to have you here.
>> a lot of people can relate to someone sitting on the bus zoning out on their phone buchlt when a guy comes up to you and point ace gun in your face, you leapt into action without even thinking about it. it seemed like all instinct.
>> you can say that. i had my head phones on and my phone on and i just looked up and saw the gun and a lot of people thought it was a conscious action to try and take him down but it was something just pure instinct and i recall thinking as it was happening that this is a bad idea.
>> but your body was still just going through the motions and once that happened it was one of those things where it had to be carried to the logical conclusion.
>> what were you listening to? was anything motivating this?
>> i don't think so.
>> we think about being heroic like this. looking back again would you have done the same thing again?
>> no. i have thought about the idea of being mugged for a phone. it's like you can take my phone. but in the moment with no real understanding of why a gun was being pointed at me, something came over me and i didn't have any sort of thoughts about doing a good deed or anything. but the people that did that jumped in, those are the people that really -- they had the choice and they chose to help.
>> it might have been a different outcome if you had been left there by yourself.
>> did you surprise yourself kind of?
>> yes. i mean, i don't think i would have imagined myself doing this. i'm fairly mild mannered. no training or anything like that. when i think about rationally i wouldn't have taken the actions. one thing lead to another.
>> what was the reaction from your friends and family?
>> disbelief. i don't think anyone thinks of me that way. i surprised my wife. she looked at me --
>> my hero.
>> i bet she thought it was kind of cool.
>> i'm not sure what's going to come out.
>> now that she sees your cat-like reflexes.
>> i suppose so.
>> what about you? just back on the bus?
>> yeah, next day. i don't think it's anything that changes my daily routine and it's something that doesn't happen very often. i don't think not riding the bus is the answer.
>> yeah, but now would be perps watching this, looking at you, you're good to go. they're not messing with you.
>> would you do the same thing if you could do it over?
>> probably not. it's easier to think that things turned out