Heroism Rises Out of Tragedy in a Small Texas Town

In moments of terror, the killer in black mowed down 26 victims in and near the small white church off Old Highway 87. The victims behind the church’s red door were as young as 5 years old.

And then the killing at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs stopped.

A neighbor had found his own rifle and opened fire on the killer. Devin Kelley, the 26-year-old man identified as the gunman, dropped his weapon and fled. And at least one local resident, if not more, followed in pursuit. Kelley was later found dead with his massacre cut short by a local hero.


More… Devin Patrick Kelley, a married father, walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelley, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, was confronted by local hero Stephen Willeford, 55, who shot him through a gap in his body armor as the gunman tried to leave the church. Kelley was reportedly killed by that same brave neighbor following a high speed car chase.

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  • Dana Garcia

    No surprise here. Citizen defense against criminals is part of the Texas DNA.

    When Charles Whitman was murdering students from his perch in the University of Texas tower in 1966, at least one Texan returned fire with the rifle he had in his pickup.

  • ismiselemeas

    Makes me glad I’m from a country where this level of crazy doesn’t happen.

    • Linda1000

      Oh please, if you are from Canada it has already happened here and it is exactly why Canada needs to revise it’s backward restrictive gun laws because right now only our criminals are armed.

      • ismiselemeas

        Who said I was from Canada?

        • Linda1000

          I said “if” because I don’t know where you are from.

          • ismiselemeas

            So the “oh please” part then is designed to do what? Show disdain? That’s hardly productive.

          • Linda1000

            I find it hard to believe any country, except maybe Japan doesn’t have a problem with gun violence. Also, for the size of the U.S. population and the number legal guns owned by U.S. citizens, there isn’t a big increase in murder rates from guns. The stats prove it. Note I said legal gun owners, not the gangsters, etc.

          • Clausewitz

            Take away the illegal gun battles in the hood statistics and the US is a pretty safe society. The most dangerous places in the US are in gun free zones. To criminals and psycho whack jobs like this weekend’s protagonist they are just happy hunting grounds. Another fact put forward by Limbaugh today was the question of how many of these gun killings have been done by NRA members; answer, none.

          • He had no gun license.

          • Clausewitz

            Exactly, so how are new gun restrictions in any way a deterrent in this situation?

          • They are not – it’s just a pretext, hammered in again and again to mislead the public.

    • Gary

      In Canada the Government kills via the Health care system and high taxes that causes stress and poverty where we now have a Suicide crisis for Canadians over 50 .
      Wynne’s answer is to legalized euthanasia to die early and die often…more food and Health care for the refugees .

    • Crazy happens everywhere – the difference is how it is responded to, and how early an escalation like this can be prevented. The murder rate in the US has been dropping for several decades and is directly proportional to an increase in legal gun ownership. The mental health laws that changed in the 80s, a population of 323 million, and the instant worldwide communications we have now allow and even encourage an exaggeration of a violent society – for the most part, we are not but there are severe problems with the judicial system that allows offenders to stay on the streets and people who are mentally unstable and should be under a doctor’s care are allowed to buy firearms. Not arguing, just pointing out the facts. I hope your country stays safe.

  • Blacksmith

    I sincerely applaud this hero! Too bad he couldn’t have gotten to this pos sooner.
    Head shots stop them sooner, we have been conditioned not to do that, but sometimes you need to break training. I wish someone in the church had been armed and been able to shoot this sack of shit sooner. We are going to have to be better prepared to protect ourselves as time goes by, the leftist and imported trash are making it damned near mandatory.

    • Linda1000

      Difficult to make a shot on a moving target and even more so a precise head shot?

      • Blacksmith

        while this is true, head shot is better than no shot sometimes

        • Linda1000

          I guess if you are close enough but any shot as long as it stops the shooter in some way is good. In this case he dropped his gun and fled which was lucky as he didn’t have another gun to keep firing.

    • Dana Garcia

      Willeford’s hitting the shooter between a space in his body armor sounds like pretty impressive marksmanship.

      • A Hamilton Guy

        Sounds like luck to me. I believe he was aiming for center of mass, as any trained shooter would. God works in mysterious ways.

  • Gary

    The shooter must have watched Kill Bill 2 and the Chapter 9 ‘ Massacre at Two Pines’ Church in Texas .

  • robins111

    In Texas. If you kill somebody, they’ll kill you back.

  • It’s a good thing that he had a gun.

    • Clausewitz

      Most times the only thing that stops an evil man with a gun is a good man with a gun.

  • Clausewitz

    How long before the left wing nut jobs start harassing these two heroes?

  • The Texas police and the MSM are touting this affair as a family fight, saying that the fact that the killer hated his mother-in-law explains his act. This is a manifest whitewash!

    If he had killed his mother-in-law only, that would explain his act. But how does this explanation account for his going to the church armed to the teeth and wearing his warrior garb, and shooting at all the church-goers including children and old folks? I gather his mother-in-law wasn’t even present! If he had intended mainly to kill her would he not have first stalked her to make sure she was there? And why would he kill the other people there if this was his true motive? Obviously, his intent was to kill all the people in the church. He shot 50 or so and killed 26. This was no accident, not incidental – but obviously his firm intent.

    It appears once again that the fake news media, and the compliant authorities giving them what they want, have diverted the public from the truth. If this guy had been a ‘far-right’ or ‘alt-right’ freak out to kill Hillary sympathizers or a Socialist-Atheist Society chapter, you can be sure the media would have seen the irrelevance of the family angle. But because this freak was an Antifa-CNN fan, murdering church-goers, he is given a free pass, and we are told that his act was non-political and no-religious in motive. This is obviously nonsense, given the above reflections on the facts of the case.