Another shooting occurred on Sunday, when a gunman began spraying the congregation of a small church with bullets in Texas.
The 26-year-old shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, began firing even before entering the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. He was firing a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. However, thanks to the quick thinking and actions of a local resident, he engaged Kelley with his own rifle, prohibiting the shooter from firing more.
Kelley then ran out of the church, got into his vehicle, and sped away. From there, the resident and another local man of the community got into his vehicle and took off, speeding through traffic and chasing after the shooter.
Kelley ultimately lost control of his vehicle, and drove off the road. One of the residents jumped out and held the man in the car at gunpoint until police arrived at the scene. In the meantime, Kelley shot himself, and died on the scene. Law enforcement is not clear on whether or not the resident also shot Kelley (first), or if Kelley died of his own afflictions.
Johnnie Langendorff is the man who was driving during the car chase, and the one who contacted dispatchers. According to Langendorff, both drivers were speeding up to 95 mph before Kelley lost control of his car and went off the road. The unnamed resident (who also was the one who originally engaged Kelley and prohibited him from shooting) then got out of Langendorff’s truck, and held Kelley at gunpoint.
Minutes later, Kelley was dead – although it is not clear when or why.
Regardless of how Kelley died, one thing is absolutely clear: these two men saved countless more lives from being lost. Without their heroic actions, Kelley could have easily taken many more lives that Sunday morning.