An armed man burst into a church at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas on Sunday while Sunday service was being held. Unfortunately, the incident ended in one of the members of the congregation dying as a result of being shot.
The other death, according to Daily Wire, was that of the gunman himself, who was almost immediately engaged by an armed security guard after he opened fire, followed by guns drawn by several armed members of the congregation.
Footage from the scene was posted on social media on various breaking news accounts (proceed with caution, it’s not a completely censored clip and may be disturbing for some): The Video Clip Can Be Seen Here
In the video, an armed man dressed in all black can be seen in one corner of the church talking to an unidentified man. Before long, the gunman pulls out what appears to be a short-barrel shotgun and shoots the person he was talking to.
Thankfully, before he could rack another shell into the chamber, an armed security guard quickly engages the gunman with a pistol from a distance, striking him in the process and ending what could have been a very high body count.
As Daily Wire reported, at least four of the church’s members rushed to the area of the downed gunman with their own guns drawn, just to make sure he was down and presumably to counter any additional threats that could have emerged.
“MedStar spokeswoman Macara Trusty confirmed that one person died at the scene of the shooting, one person died en route to a hospital, and another person was transported to a hospital in critical condition,” The Dallas Morning News reported. “The shooter is believed to be one of those three people, said Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Mike Drivdahl.”
The editor-in-chief of the Christian Chronicle tweeted out what he saw in the video:
Two quick shots at back, then another shot. Then at least three members (I believe) with pistols watching toward where the gunman appeared to fall.
— Bobby Ross Jr. (@bobbyross) December 29, 2019
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed into law earlier this year a bill that allows church members to arm themselves, in accordance with the Second Amendment, released a statement on the tragedy and bittersweet outcome.
“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. He also called the incident “and evil act of violence.”
Are you thankful that their were armed, law-abiding citizens in the church who prevented the gunman from taking any more lives? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.