On Sunday, a man named Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire in a small church in Texas, tragically killing 26 people. Kelley was fully geared with combat equipment as he fired using a rifle.
Kelley’s Facebook page was quickly discovered showing off a gun, calling it 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
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But the shooting could have been even more catastrophic if it wasn’t for one man stepping in. Stephen Willeford, a crack-shot plumber, lives next door to the church. After hearing gunfire, he grabbed his rifle and went after the shooter. Showing tremendous marksmanship, he struck Kelley in a small gap between his body armor.
Reports have indicated that Willeford is known to have an excellent shot, which clearly came in handy when faced with disaster.
Kelley then took off in his vehicle in an attempt to escape. But Willeford wasn’t going to let that happen. He hopped in resident Johnnie Langendorff’s truck and chased him down. The chase ended after Langendorff helped Willeford stay on Kelley’s tail. Kelley ultimately crashed his SUV while driving at 95 mph and then proceeded to shoot himself.
Langendorff told reporters later:
“I pulled up to the intersection where the shooting happened and I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being a citizen of the community.
The shooter of the church had taken off, fled in his vehicle, and the other gentleman came and he said, ‘We need to pursue him,’ that he just shot up the church. So that’s what I did. I just acted. […]
He was just a member of the community, and whenever he came to my vehicle in distress with his weapon, he explained very quickly what happened and he got in the truck and I knew it was just time [to go].”
Police have confirmed that Kelley was found dead in his vehicle.