Man who chased down Texas church shooter hailed as hero
Houston: A motorist is emerging as a hero in the Texas church shooting as he along with another man pursued the heavily armed gunman in a high-speed car chase after the deadly attack, preventing more casualties.
The gunman, identified as Devin Patrick Kelly 26, who was sporting a ballistic vest, opened fire on a small-town Texas church during the Sunday service, killing at least 26 people and wounding another 20.
Johnnie Langendorff was driving down near the church on his way to his girlfriend's house, when the local man who too was armed with a rifle sought his help to pursue Kelly and prevent further mayhem.
Reacting to the incident, US President Donald Trump, who is in Japan, said it was fortunate that another person on the scene had a firearm, otherwise "it would have been much worse."
Trump said it was fortunate that another person on the scene had a firearm, otherwise "it would have been much worse."
Langendorff said not much was running through his head when the local man, whom he did not know, explained to him the situation, according to KSAT television news channel.
"The gentleman with the rifle came to my truck as the shooter took off, and he briefed me quickly on what had just happened, and said that we had to get him and so that's what I did," Langendorff said.
The chase ensued after the man exchanged gunfire at the church with Kelley, who then fled the scene.
"He just hurt so many people, and he just affected so many people's lives ... Why wouldn't you want to take him down?" he said about the attacker.
Eight members of a family, including a five-month pregnant woman and three of her children, were among 26 people killed when a gunman opened fire on worshippers at a church in the US state of Texas, according to media reports.
The attack during a Sunday morning service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs also left about 20 people wounded.
The massacre was described as "the largest mass shooting" in the state history by its Governor Greg Abbott.