- Devin Patrick Kelley attacked a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, killing 26. At least two local men attempted to stop Kelley during the massacre. They’ve been named as Johnnie Langendorff and Stephen Willeford. Willeford reportedly shot back, while Langendorff drove after Kelley. President Donald Trump said they stopped the attack from getting “much worse.”
Two Texas locals reportedly stepped up to fight off the gunman who killed at least 26 churchgoers at a Sunday service.
Johnnie Langendorff and Stephen Willeford reportedly sprang into action after Devin Kelley opened fire on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Langendorff told his story in an interview, while Willeford was identified in a report by DailyMail.com, which cited local sources.
Kelley, dressed in body armour and armed with a military-style rifle, shot dead more than two dozen worshippers, including at least one child as young as 5 years old.
As Kelley was leaving, the police say he was confronted by a local resident who “grabbed his rifle and engaged that suspect.” The DailyMail.com report identified that local as Willeford, a 55-year-old motorcycle enthusiast.
After opening fire on Kelley, who fled in a vehicle, Willeford reportedly joined Langendorff in his pickup truck and pursued the man.
Langendorff gave an interview to a local TV station KSAT, to which he described following Kelley in a 95-mph chase down local highways:
The chase ended, he said, when Kelley lost control of his vehicle at a sharp bend and left the road.
When Kelley’s car came to a halt, he stopped moving, and the pair watched over him until the police arrived, Langendorff said. Kelley was found dead in his car; the cause is unclear.
Addressing the shooting from a news conference in Japan, President Donald Trump said the shooting would have been “much worse” if it weren’t for the fact somebody shot back.