On Sunday, 26-year-old Devin Kelley unloaded a rifle on a small, Texas church, killing 26 people. Images quickly emerged of the shooter’s Facebook profile, which displayed pictures of a rifle and even referred to it as a “bad b***h.”
New York Times article names Sutherland Springs shooter as Devin P. Kelley
Here’s Kelly’s Facebook Profile pic pic.twitter.com/xvdfIQ4mIo
— Hardhat Patriot (@Hardhat_Patriot) November 5, 2017
Many quickly blamed the National Rifle Association, saying it had “blood on its hands” in the same way it did after the Las Vegas massacre.
— StrictlyCovfefè ? (@christoq) November 7, 2017
THE NRA IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION https://t.co/UvfxBxzQ60
— ROSIE (@Rosie) November 6, 2017
.@nra you are a terrorist organization. you aid, abet, and protect terrorists.
— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) November 5, 2017
But now, it has been revealed the man that stopped the shooter with his very own rifle was an NRA instructor.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 6, 2017
Radical leftists: The NRA is a terror group that wants mass shootings!
Reality: Hero who shot mass murderer was an NRA instructor.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 7, 2017
Meet Stephen Willeford:Stephen Willeford/Facebook
Willeford was a neighbor of the church and heard gunfire outside. He grabbed his AR-15 type rifle and went toward the shots in bare feet. With his shooting experience, Willeford was able to engage in gunfire with Kelley and place a bullet between the shooter’s small gap in body armor, which ultimately led him to flee the scene to his vehicle.
Willeford then jumped into a stranger’s truck and chased the shooter down. Kelley ultimately crashed his vehicle at high speed and then proceeded to reportedly shoot himself and commit suicide.
Willeford appeared on ABC in an interview to explain the experience and stated:
“I didn’t have any time, because I kept hearing the shots, one after another, at a time, very rapid shots, just pop, pop, pop. And I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they just weren’t random shots, more than likely. I grabbed a handful of ammunition and started loading my magazine.
And I’m trying to survey the situation, not knowing what’s going on; and then I saw a man in a black tactical helmet with a dark-shaded helmet on, and obviously looked to me like it was a bulletproof vest. He had a pistol in his hand, and we exchanged gunfire.
And I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover, and we exchanged fire. He saw me, and I saw him, I’m like, it was surreal to me; it couldn’t be happening. I couldn’t believe it. I know I hit him. He got into his vehicle, and he fired another couple rounds through his side window. When the window dropped, I fired another round at him again.
We chased him down 539, and when we first started chasing him he was out of sight. And the man driving the truck, I found out later his name is Johnny; he was driving at a high rate of sped. We were trying to pass cars to catch up. We called 911 and we were talking to 911.
I was scared for me, and I was scared for every one of them; I was scared for my own family that lived just less than a block away.
I’m no hero; I am not. I think my God, my Lord, protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done. And I just wish I could have got there faster.”
Watch the interview below.