The deadliest shooting in Texas history could have been worse — a lot worse — if it weren't for the quick thinking of a brave gun owner and a passing motorist who was willing to lend a hand (and his truck) to a noble cause.
When Devin Kelley, 26, opened fire inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, it was another congregant who provided the first line of defense for his fellow churchgoers, according to CNN:
At a news conference Sunday night, investigators offered a preliminary timeline of the attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and laid out the role the resident played.
The gunman entered the small church in the rural town east of San Antonio, firing with an assault weapon at the congregation attending the morning service.
A local resident grabbed his own rifle and engaged the gunman, said Freeman Martin, the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church,” Martin said.
But it didn't end there. The suspect, who was only later identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, ran from the church and attempted to flee in a vehicle — and the resident who had returned fire followed. He flagged down a passing motorist, Johnnie Langendorff, who pursued Kelley until his vehicle crashed — reaching speeds of more than 90 miles per hour.
Langendorff said that the resident “briefed me quickly on what had just happened and said we had to get him, and so that's what I did.”
The pair called police while in pursuit of the suspect, and authorities found Kelley dead of a gunshot wound at the scene of the crash. “At this time, we don't know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident,” Martin said.
Langendorff told his story below, via the local ABC affiliate.