A Sutherland Springs church goer is being called a hero today after he interveened during a shooting spree during morning service, saving the lives of many in the process.
The man, whose identity has not been released was attending morning church when another man, dressed entirely in black pulled a gun and started shooting.
Pulling his own gun, the church goer returned fire, resulting in the second man dropping his gun and running.
Approaching the church in his truck, Johnnie Langendorff took in the scene in the church parking lot, and when the shooter took off in a pearl-coloured SUV, he along with the church goer gave chase.
“It was more see and do,” Langendorff later told reporters. “Act now, ask questions later.”
Police later located the shooter’s vehicle and found Kelley dead inside. They have not stated whether he took his own life or not.
Upon a search of his vehicle, they located several other weapons in the vehicle.
Despite the church goer’s heroic efforts, 26 people were killed by the shooter, later identified as Devin Patrick Kelley in what is now the fifth most deadliest shooting spree in the United States.
The victims ranged in age from five to 72, and it is believed that as many as eight of them are from the same family.
Not much information has been released about the shooter as of yet, but what we do know, is that he was discharged from the US Airforce back in 2014 after he was court martialed for assaulting his wife and child.
Since the news broke, Langendorff’s Facebook page has been inundated with messages of thanks and support. One reads: “God bless you, Johnnie. You are a true American hero!”
Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.