Quantcast
Connect with us

‘He needed to be stopped,’ says man who pursued Texas gunman

Published

on

A Texas man who saw a local exchanging gunfire with the assailant who had just massacred 26 people at a small town church said he had no hesitation in pursuing the gunman because he needed to be stopped.

“That’s it. I mean that’s the bottom line, he needed to be stopped,” Johnny Langendorff told Reuters TV. “He was stopped and he’s not going to hurt anyone else ever again.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Langendorff was driving his pickup truck in Sutherland Springs on Sunday when he saw a local man, Stephen Willeford, trading rifle fire with a black-clad stranger who had just emerged from the First Baptist Church.

“He jumped in my truck and said ‘He just shot up the church, we got to get him’ and I said ‘OK, let’s go,'” Langendorff said of his rapid words with Willeford.

“And so from there we blew through this intersection and he started going about 90-95 (miles per hour) (145-153 km per hour) keeping up with this guy,” Langendorff said.

At the time, neither of them knew they were chasing Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, an Air Force veteran who police say put on tactical gear, a ballistic vest and skull-like mask to carry out the most deadly mass shooting in the modern history of Texas.

The pursuit lasted about 10-12 minutes, Langendorff said. Then Kelley lost control and crashed into a ditch. They stopped too and Willeford trained his rifle on the disabled vehicle, Langendorff added, but the gunman never emerged.

ADVERTISEMENT

Willeford’s cousin Ken Leonard told CNN that Willeford shot Kelley three times, once in his side where there was a gap in his vest, prompting Kelley to drop his gun and force his way into an SUV, pushing a man inside it to the passenger side. Willeford then shot Kelley twice in the neck, his cousin said.

“Stephen is the best shot that I know,” Leonard told CNN. “He without armor and barefooted ran into the fire and put his own life at risk, took return fire and fired accurately three times. That’s an amazing accomplishment, especially for a man who has, who was never in the military.”

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Freeman Martin, a regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, described Willeford as a good Samaritan and a “Texas hero.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt also hailed Willeford for grabbing his gun and responding to the danger.

“He didn’t have to come out,” Tackitt told Reuters. “He could have stayed at his house.”

ADVERTISEMENT

(Reporting by Sandra Stojanovic in Sutherland Springs, Texas; Additional reporting by Andrew Hay in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Lisa Shumaker)


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Facebook

New Jersey Governor unloads on ‘pathetic’ Blue Dog Dem switching parties: ‘He put politics over the constitution’

Published

on

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy blasted Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) for being "pathetic" after reports he would become a Republican.

Murphy, a Democrat, was interviewed by MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian on Sunday.

"I think it's ridiculous," Murphy said.

'He put politics over the constitution," he continued. "He's trying to be cute instead of being courageous."

"I think it's outrageous. this is a guy who is trying to find a path to get re-elected to Congress, not trying to find a path to do the right thing," Murphy said.

and we've seen it all over new jersey, all around the country, folks who stand up with conviction and courage and state their case more often than not, far more often enough folks say notwithstanding how tense and passionate this discussion is, they get credit for that, as opposed to cutting and running.

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Rep Ocasio-Cortez blasts complexity of health care marketplace: ‘No one should go through this’

Published

on

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the complexity of the health care marketplace on the day of the deadline to sign up for 2020 coverage.

Health care has been a major topic in the 2020 Democratic primary, with some moderate candidates defending the Affordable Care Act passed under President Barack Obama, while progressive candidates push for Medicare for All.

"Members of Congress also have to buy their plans off the exchange," she explained. "That means I get to 'choose' [between] 66 complex financial products."

"This is absurd. No person should go without healthcare, and no one should go through this, either," she argued.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Hallmark Channel reverses course and apologies for caving to anti-LGBTQ group

Published

on

The Hallmark Channel reversed course after a boycott resulted from the network caving to an anti-LGBTQ group.

On Saturday, #BoycottHallmark trended on Twitter nationwide after the network refused to show ads featuring two women kissing after being married.

Continue Reading