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Praise for Armed Church Congregants Who Stopped a Mass Shooting

by | Dec 29, 2019

By the Associated Press

A man pulled out a shotgun at a Texas church service and fired on worshippers Sunday, killing two people before he was shot to death by congregants who fired back, police said.

Authorities at a Sunday evening news conference praised the two congregants who opened fire as part of a volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement. It was unclear if the two people who were killed were the two who shot at the gunman.

“This team responded quickly and within six seconds, the shooting was over. Two of the parishioners who were volunteers of the security force drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who also hailed the state’s gun laws.

Britt Farmer, senior minister of the church, said, “We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse.”

Authorities said there were more than 240 parishioners in the West Freeway Church at the time of the shooting.

White Settlement Police Department Chief J.P. Bevering said the gunman had sat down in a pew before getting up, taking out a shotgun and firing at a parishioner, who was killed. He said the church’s security team then “eliminated the threat.”

Officials have not released the names of the victims or the gunman. FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said they’re working to identify the gunman’s motive, adding that he is “relatively transient” but had roots in the area.

DeSarno also said the gunman had been arrested multiple times in the past but declined to give details.

An elder at the church told the New York Times that one of those killed was a security guard who responded to the shooter, calling him a dear friend.

“He was trying to do what he needed to do to protect the rest of us,” said the elder, Mike Tinius.

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16 comments

  1. Such a tragedy, and you can see clearly, it could have been so much worse… Just feel so bad about the ones that were killed… They put their life on the line… And the reason it didn’t go any further…. GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES, OF THE LOST PARISHIONERS…

  2. Im glad the security team step up . So sorry we have to take guns in the Lord house but people dont respect anything any more.

  3. Christian’s are allowed to protect the house of the Lord. I do not find any scripture that says just let them kill you.

  4. No assault rifles here. A fact you can’t deny. Attention to detail should be a class taught in schools, or at least to the people who share this on pages like Bernie Sander’s.

  5. Praise God for armed church members not only armed for spiritual battle! But for armed for a physical battle!
    Blessings to each and every one!

  6. Prayers for the fallen, their families and friends. Prayers for the entire congregation. Praise and prayers for those who immediately removed the murderer.

  7. I hope this tragedy serves to thwart others who would use Gods house for their personal killing field. Texas has the right idea. Unfortunately the rest of the nation is sadly misinformed.

  8. Be thankful, that the security team is off duty trained Law Enforcement trained officers who volunteer as security, as in 99% of these cases.

  9. Great job. Kudos to those who brought permanent justice to the perpetrator with an amazingly fast and accurate response. Condolences to the families who lost loved ones from that congregation.

    Now watch the gun-grabbers try to re-spin the story or claim the perp’s rights were somehow “violated”.

    “An armed society is a polite society”.

  10. Where are the liberal gun haters during this tragedy? It is sad that we have to arm ourselves when we go to God’s house to worship. But thankful we did not have to grieve for more.

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