Monday, December 30, 2019

West Freeway Church of Christ Shooting


As you have undoubtedly heard, there was a shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. The shooter had a shotgun and shot two people before being shot dead by a member of church's security team. The two shooting victims also died.
      Matthew DeSarno, the FBI agent in charge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, didn't identify the shooter, but said he was "relatively transient with roots to this area" and had been arrested multiple times in different municipalities.

      The shooter was not on any sort of "watch list," DeSarno said, but investigators will try to determine whether he was driven by any sort of ideology. Authorities said the motive is unknown, and nobody knows yet whether the shooter targeted the victims.

      Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the incident was over within six seconds thanks to the quick response of the security team members. Recent changes in Texas law allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms into houses of worship.

      "Two of the parishioners who are volunteers on the security force drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives," he said.
 Another article related:
       “We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse,” the church’s Senior Minister Britt Farmer claimed on Sunday. “I’m thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves.”

      “The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners, and that might get swept aside,” Texas DPS Director Jeoff Williams said. “It was miraculous. The true heroes in all this are the people who were sitting in those pews today and responded, the immediate responders … it was truly heroic.”
The security team member that shot the gunman dead with a headshot is reported to be a former FBI agent, and has been identified as Jack Wilson, the owner of On Target Shooting Academy. The latter article relates:
From ~50ft he drew his weapon under pressure and fired one shot to the terrorist’s swiftly moving head in just 2 seconds. Hero,” a tweet posted by Caleb Hill with a picture of the reported security guard.
Claude Werner, who writes the Tactical Professor blog, has some additional commentary and thoughts on the shooting.

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