Update: In a previous version of this article the shooting was stated to have happened in San Antonio. The shooting actually took place in Sutherland Springs, outside of San Antonio.
By now news has spread of at least 26 people, ranging in age from 5 to 72, who were killed at a church in Sutherland Springs. As tragic as that is, turns out that number could have been higher had it not been for Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff. Two bystanders who shot the suspect and proceeded to chase him off the road until police got there.
Two heroic locals have been praised for stopping the worst ever mass shooting in Texas which left 26 dead.
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was leaving First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after he opened fire on parishioners during mass when Stephen Willeford, 55, confronted him.
Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said Willeford, a keen biker, had ‘grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect.’
The local said that while Willeford has no military experience, he is an excellent shot, and when he came face to face with Kelley, he didn’t hesitate; he shot in between Kelley’s body armor, hitting him in his side.
The 26-year-old had dropped his Ruger assault rifle and climbed in an SUV to flee the scene.
He said that Kelley had taken a hostage in the passenger seat as he fled.
But another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, who had witnessed the confrontation refused to let the shooter get away. Both he and Willeford, a local plumber, jumped in his truck and gave chase.
Langendordd also appeared on GMA:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 6, 2017
There’s still no word on the shooters motive. It’s going to be a long day of leftists and blue-checkmarked Twitter saying uninformed things about guns just as long as it sounds scary enough (see NYT Columnist Used NYC Terror Attack to Push Gun Control and Opportunistic Democrats Exploit Vegas Shooting to Push Gun Control Agenda).
For now, I’m just going to be thankful that these two men may have prevented the death toll from being worse, and pray for the victims’ families.