A mass shooter was swiftly shot in the head after shooting two innocent churchgoers at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas.
From KGET, "Three dead, including gunman, one in critical condition in shooting at Texas church":
A gunman killed two people before parishioners shot and killed him at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, authorities said.
J.P. Bevering, police chief of White Settlement, in Tarrant County, said the man opened fire at West Freeway Church of Christ during services shortly before noon. Worshipers returned fire, killing the gunman, Bevering said.
One person was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Another parishioner who was in critical condition later died, authorities said.
Graphic video of the attack was captured on the church's live stream:
BREAKING: Video shows gunman open fire at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas before being shot dead by armed security; the service was being live-streamed on YouTube pic.twitter.com/58YcB8ODT1— GrantB911 (@GrantB911) December 29, 2019
This video censors the two people who were shot (one appeared to have been reaching for a weapon but was hesitant to shoot the suspect before he fired):
NEW: Video shows man opening fire at Texas church before he is shot by a security guard; 2 dead, 1 critical (blurred to hide victims, viewer discretion is advised) pic.twitter.com/hulXR7MYIy— BNO News (@BNONews) December 29, 2019
Slowed-down, edited footage shows seven parishioners pulled guns either during or immediately after the shooting.
Some anon broke down the footage from the shooting at the Texas church earlier on and no less than seven of the congregation members happened to be armed including one elderly lady (no. 5).— Rathdranalon (@Daicheal) December 30, 2019
Ain't no messing around down that way by the looks of things.
CC: @DaddyWarpig pic.twitter.com/yJ7E6rLGvd
The Dallas Morning News reported that "two members who are part of the church's security team opened fire on the gunman."
It looks as though the older man on the left hit the shooter with a direct head shot.
Texas DPS Director Joeff Williams: “The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners”; “it was miraculous … true heroes” pic.twitter.com/Mdj9N86tgj— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 30, 2019
"Matthew DeSarno, the FBI agent in charge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, didn't identify the shooter, but said he was 'relatively transient with roots to this area' and had been arrested multiple times in different municipalities," CNN reports.
Matt DeSarno, FBI special agent in the Dallas Field Office: “The shooter has had multiple contacts with law enforcement in the past but he was not on any kind of a watchlist." pic.twitter.com/xnzEcKiycA— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 30, 2019
Fortunately, Texas Republicans recently passed a law allowing law-abiding citizens to carry guns into places of worship.
FLASHBACK: Biden attacked the Governor of Texas for signing a law allowing people to bring guns into places of worship.— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) December 29, 2019
Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement offering his condolences to the victims and praising the Christians who "acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life."
"Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed in the evil act of violence that occurred at the West Freeway Church of Christ," Abbott said. "Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and 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."
Statement on shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement: pic.twitter.com/Crrrvavvs6— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) December 29, 2019
"We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse," West Freeway Church of Christ Senior Minister Britt Farmer said Sunday evening. "I'm thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves."
West Freeway Church of Christ Senior Minister Britt Farmer: "I’m thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves" pic.twitter.com/5fLSnSjQzg— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 30, 2019
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