A hero emerged amid tragedy earlier today when a church gunman was shot dead by an armed citizen defending his fellow worshipers.
Sunday morning while
dozens hundreds of churchgoers were gathered for mass at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a small town in Texas with less than 20,000 residents, an unidentified man stormed in and began shooting indiscriminately at the Christians inside.
According to USA Today, Police Chief J.P. Bevering has not yet provided a motive for the attack.
Witnesses say the gunman, armed with a shotgun, began his attack during communion. The gunman was able to kill one man and critically wounded another before an armed citizen, later identified as Jack Wilson, fatally shot the maniac, ending the rampage.
The Church’s live stream captured the horrifying incident as it played out. Though blurry, the video shows a brave and unnamed individual standing up and taking down the attacker before he could cause any further damage.
According to CBS News, “several parishioners quickly pulled their guns soon after the first shot was fired.”
According to Mike Tinius, a church goer and witness to the attack, one of the victims was a security guard who attempted to stop the gunman. Tinius said, he “was trying to do what he needed to do to protect the rest of us. It’s extremely upsetting to see anyone committing violence.”
In a statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbot Called the attack an “evil act of violence,” adding “I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life. Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in praying for the White Settlement community and for all those affected by this horrible tragedy.”
The tragedy at the West Freeway Church of Christ could have been much worse if a heroic worshiper was not armed and not brave enough to put their own life on the line to defend his fellow Christians. This is simply one of nearly 3 million crimes that are prevented or stopped by armed citizens every year.
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